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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