Healthy Through the Holidays
You might even rationalize it by telling yourself that it’s OK because starting January 1, you’re REALLY going to make those lifestyle changes, or get back to your healthy routine. Or maybe you just feel helpless during this time of year so you give in to all the temptations around you. Trust me, we've all been there!
While some indulging is ok during the holidays, wouldn’t it feel great to be in CONTROL of your eating and fitness routine during the season so you don’t have to go into full deprivation mode on January 1? Don't let the holidays derail all the hard work you've been putting in the rest of the year!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind this Holiday Season!
Often, just the anticipation of the holidays (shopping, money, travel, family) can bring on unwanted stress. But try not to panic!
- Create a holiday mantra, such as “Don’t forget to breath” put it on your fridge or as a reminder on your phone.
- Try a meditation app and listen to it before you hit the stores
- Carve out some time each day for taking a walk and being outside
- Ask yourself, "is this really worth being upset or stressed about?"
Have a Plan
Got back to back holiday parties? Create a plan. Having a plan, especially if you have multiple celebrations to attend (or host) will keep you feeling in control.
- If you’re going to drink alcohol, pass on your hosts signature drink (probably loaded with additional sugar) and stick to something simple, like vodka soda. Don’t forget to drink a glass of water in between drinks
- If you want to avoid alcohol, try a seltzer water with lime. It looks like a cocktail so no one will ask!
- Stick with the veges, meats and cheeses. Avoid the fried, creamy and rich foods
- Eat a healthy meal before you go to the party! Many holiday parties are just trays of appetizers. It’s easy to graze your way through the whole night and you end up indulging in too much “small stuff”. Or you don’t really eat anything during the party and realize on the way home you’re starving, so you detour into the nearest drive thru!
- Try to stick to your fitness routine as best you can
Try to enjoy this time of year. While there are many aspects of the holidays that are stressful, there are also many opportunities to give back!
- Adopt a Family
- Volunteer at Food Bank
- If you know of a friend or co-worker who doesn’t have a place to go for the holidays, invite them over
- Be generous and patient with your family and friends
- If you know of someone who can’t drive (maybe a Senior in your neighborhood), offer to take them shopping
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For more tips, here is an older post about staying healthy through the holidays!