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Top 5 Tips for Surviving Mardi Gras

OK, there is no easy way to ask. So here it is. Now that we are into February, how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? We know that it takes about four to six weeks of dedicated time to reinforce a new behavior so that it becomes habit. That goes for exercising, eating right or any other change to your daily routine. Make it past six weeks and you have a much greater chance of sticking with it for long-term success.

For those of you who are going strong and sticking with your weight loss and exercise goals, my guess is that you are feeling stronger, have more energy and may be sleeping better at night. For those who may have, lets just say, not been as dedicated as you could have, do not give up. Always remember that everyday is a new chance to change your life and health for the better.

Here in New Orleans, we are hitting a critical stage for New Year’s resolutions – Mardi Gras. Don’t let this span wreck all that you have worked for up to this point. Go into Mardi Gras weekend with a plan, especially if you are on the go frequenting parades. There are ways you can enjoy Mardi Gras and come out of it with your resolutions intact.

My top five tips for a healthy, resolution-saving Mardi Gras season are:

  1. Moderation – if there is one word that can save your goals and waistline, its moderation. Load up on the good foods as much as you can and keep the fattening foods to a minimum. Portion sizes are extremely important to keep track of since you may be eating more throughout the day.
  2. Pack Your Own Food – Since you will probably be going to parties and large family gatherings, sometimes you are not in control of the menu. In these cases, try to bring a few food items that you enjoy and are healthy, filling and can keep for longer periods of time throughout the day.
  3. Water – Drinking plenty of water is an absolute must. Many people are outside for long stretches and tend to drink more alcohol than normal. This can lead to dehydration. Plus, water will help to metabolize your meals.
  4. Get Sleep – You may be staying up later than normal, but remember that getting a full night’s sleep not only gives you more energy for the next day, but studies indicate that it is vital to weight loss.
  5. Exercise – Adjust the time of day you normally exercise if you need to, but do not skip working out. The fitness levels you worked so hard to attain are easy to lose. Keeping up with your exercise helps to avoid this regression.