Posted on December 18, 2012 in Wellness

Two Important Tips from Doug Lisle to Get You Through the Holidays

With the holidays upon us, we all know that we are going to soon be tested.  We will be tempted by holiday goodies, and by our friends and families – to indulge, to join The Contest.

What is The Contest?

In America, The Contest is the annual ritual that takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – to see just how fat and sick we can get. And it is easy enough to be a winner, as all it takes is to blindly follow our instincts. Those instincts will consistently lead people astray – right into high-fat, high-sugar, unhealthy foods.

It can be useful to be mentally prepared to avoid The Contest by implementing my top two tips.

Tip #1: Eat something healthy before you go!

If you plan to visit friends and family, and you know that healthy foods will be scarce, it is perfectly fine to have a substantial healthy snack before you go. That way, even if you are tempted and boxed into a bit of an unhealthy situation, you are less likely to jump “whole hog” (so to speak) into The Contest.

Tip #2: Break a sweat!

There is nothing like a good workout to make you feel pride in yourself and respect your body. Even if you have been wobbling along for a week or two, you can snap out of it in a matter of 15 minutes with a sudden exercise attack. I’m always amazed at how this simple effort gives my self-discipline a booster shot.

I hope these ideas can give you a little lift if you need it. Remember, we don’t need to get through the holidays with a perfect score, but we also don’t want to win The Contest. A few little moves like these can sometimes make a big difference. Good luck!

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About the Author

Doug Lisle, PhD, is the staff psychologist and director of research for TrueNorth Health Center and psychologist and speaker for the McDougall Wellness Program. Dr. Lisle has published numerous articles in the scientific literature and is co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness.

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