The holiday season is well underway, and if you’re anything like me, the temptation to eat everything in site can be a little too much to handle for those of us trying to lose or maintain our weight and a healthy lifestyle. Thank goodness for our friend Brook Lazor who was around once again this week giving us some more helpful strategies to enjoy all the delightful holiday season without bursting the old waistline!
You can catch the audio of our chat up at the Chris & Jack page above, and make sure you check out Brooke’s tips below!
Hey everyone! It’s Brooke!
On the First day of Christmas my true love … gained 9 lbs? Oh no! Studies have shown average North
American weight gain during the Holiday season can add up to a whopping 9 lbs.
But don’t fret, Brooke is here! Simply follow these 12 simple rules and you’ll have nothing to worry about!
12. Water, water, water. When our bodies don’t get enough water, the “thirsty” feeling can actually end up
being misinterpreted as hunger, prompting us to overeat. Set a goal for yourself to drink 3 litres of
water every day to stave off those cravings!
11. Get moving. When it gets cold out, trust me, you’re not the only one who just wants to curl up in a big
cozy blanket and watch Millionaire Matchmaker re-runs. Oh, wait.. was that one only me? Ha! You’ve
definitely heard this one before, but it’s so important! While there’s tons of great options like shovelling
snow and power walking in the snow, it’s best to make yourself a clear, actionable goal like committing to
going for a 15 minute walk every day. Although a 15 minute walk only burns around 100 calories,
the increase in heart rate and fresh air can shift your mindset for the whole day. Bonus!
10. Get Happy. Studies have shown many become deficient in Vitamin D during the winter months as the
the days get shorter and darker. Less sunlight means less of the “sunshine vitamin,” Vitamin D. Adding a
supplement may help you feel happier and in turn, make you more likely to make healthy choices. See your
local Health Food store for recommended dosage.
9. Keep your hands out of the cookie jar. Plan on baking up a storm this Holiday season? Pop a piece of
fruity gum in your mouth before you begin – when you’re chewing on a burst of strawberry sweetness, you
are much less likely to accidentally slip a chocolate chip or two… or ten.. (Only me again?) into your mouth!
8. Focus, focus, focus. Why is living a healthful life important to you? Are you working towards lowering
your blood pressure? Is it easier for you to do the things you love, like putting up Christmas lights or playing
with your kids, when you are in shape? Take a moment to find your “why” and write it down. It may look
something like this “I am committed to making healthy choices over the Holidays because I want to feel
great on the beach in January.” Post this note to yourself in a spot you see every day – on the bathroom
mirror, the passenger seat in your car, the inside of a kitchen cabinet.
7. Keep it Clean. Try whipping up a batch of a new, clean and healthier version of your favourite holiday
treats. Traditional gingerbread cookies get a delicious makeover in these Gingerbread Bliss Balls. A
fantastic, tasty little 100 calorie treat – they’re even sugar, flour and butter free, but that can our little
For a quick and easy holiday treat, check out the Chocolate bliss balls on my website! – http://brilliantbybrooke.blogspot.ca/2013/12/not-so-naughty-sweets-gingerbread-bliss.html