Avoiding the Stress EatingNo one’s saying you can’t enjoy all the holiday has to offer. The goal is to avoid the stress and don’t let it fuel your hunger. When it comes around, start by asking yourself “Am I really hungry?” Is it just because you’re bored? Are you worried about things being perfect? Or is it because you’re not having some family fueled crazy Thanksgiving you think you’re supposed to have like some TV special? Start by trying some water. You may just be thirsty. If you really are hungry (or that food just smells too delicious) let yourself have something. Just try and make good choices. If the meal is not far off, make sure it’s something small or a healthy alternative. If you’re going to enjoy something a little more indulgent, that’s OK as well. Think about having just a little less than you might otherwise. Saving a little bit back can go a surprisingly long way.
Relieving the StressIf we’re going to talk about avoiding the stress eating, we need to look at simply relieving the stress to begin with. The problem with weight gain stress is it can be a self fulfilling prophecy. You're stressed about gaining weight, therefore you stress eat things you shouldn't and therefore gain weight. We need to stop that cycle. This is where you need to find what will work for you.
First, remember it’s just a meal. Sure, you may be cooking up a 20 dish feast with recipes from 6 different people and 7 ingredients you’ve never heard of, but at the end of the day, it’s just a meal. The heart of Thanksgiving is being thankful for what we have. It’s not about how amazingly (pre-jail) Martha Stewart your table is or that everyone is perfectly dressed, perfectly behaved, and perfectly entertained. It’s about being thankful for what you have, whatever that is, and whoever you’re with, however many or few that is. Start by remembering that.
Next, find some ways to break the stress. Even if we remember all that, we still need to get rid of the stress that is already there. One way at the heart of stress relief for me is music. It always has been a part of my life, from learning to play the trumpet in 3rd grade, to my great uncle making CDs from his jazz record collection to being a refounding father of the Zeta Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity. Music soothes the soul. The right music can play a huge part. I love jamming out to my tunes over a speaker and filling the room, but that’s not always an option, especially at the holidays. At times, it’s also better to have that music just in your own ears, just for you. Enter the Plantronics BackBeat Fit bluetooth headphones. You may remember my review of the headphones. Frankly, I loved them. Not loved, love. Love them. I still use them constantly. Wire free is the way to be. They’re perfect for that holiday stress. You can throw your phone in your pocket and go about your day. Decorate, clean, cook, all the while letting the music lift away the worries and the stress. With these headphones, is so easy to let the music play on, and the stress be gone.
Remember, our goal is to cut the stress so we can cut the stress eating so we can best the holiday weight gain. It's a chain that we're breaking at the start.
Find whatever works for you to get the stress away. Try taking a break. Go for a walk, play a game, just do nothing. You could even take some time for the next item, where the headphones can come in very handy.
Stay ActiveDo you know what goes great with music? Running... The best way to balance out the holiday food is with some holiday activity. Why not start your turkey day with a turkey trot? Too late for that? You can still go out and run one of your own. Nothing like earning that big plate you know you’re going to make anyway. Or maybe that’s just me. I love to throw on my Plantronics, throw on my running shoes, and hit the pavement.
Want to really mix it up? Why not put on the rocky soundtrack and make you're own training montage? Start with some frozen turkey curls. Follow that with the bag of potatoes press, the kitchen sweep cardio and the cider jug squats. Who doesn't love a good training montage?
Running may not be for everyone in the family, so get everyone out of the house for a family walk. Enjoy the fall and enjoy the time together. If you or someone is a gamer, you can always try a dancing game. You’d be surprised the workout you can get from some exergaming. And everyone has some fun when everyone makes a fool of themselves. If you get everyone having fun, that's one less thing that can stress you out later.
Just Do YouBeyond Thanksgiving, just stick to what you do. The one piece of advice I often give for running a race is to “run your race”. It’s the reply I give to people often on course when they tell me to keep running when I take my walk breaks. I’m running my race. The same thing goes for training. Despite the holidays, just keep doing what you do. Stick to your plan and stick to your runs. Miles are miles, no matter how slow. And with these headphones, nothing will stop them. No sweat, no rain, no snow, no stopping. Without the cord, your phone can be wherever you need: in an arm band, on your waist, in a pocket, or like me thrown on your back in your Orange Mud. And no cord means no excuses. If it's raining, just throw it in a zip lock bag and get out there. That means they unfortunately give you no technology excuses to use. #sorrynotsorry
Have we BackBeat it?What was our goal today? Take down the one two punch of stress and food so we could be stress relief Batman and beat the holiday weight gain stress villian. If you follow along what we talked about, you should have nothing to stress about. And the Robin to your Batman can be the Plantronics BackBeat FIT, giving you the beats to beat the stress and the pounds just when you need it most. Adam West is good on his own, but is truly great with Burt Ward. Weight gain stress is no joke, so solve the riddle, and pow the holidays this year.
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