HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Motivation to get you through hump day!

As I mentioned in my previous post, it can be hard to maintain healthy habits throughout the craze of the holiday season, but it’s not impossible.  There are ways to enjoy the holidays and indulge within reason, while not letting go completely.  Keeping up with a consistent exercise routine, eating healthy when not at holiday parties and allowing yourself sometime to chill out and decompress will make it easier to allow yourself to occasionally indulge at a holiday celebration…without the guilt.  Afterall, it’s all about balance!

Here are some tips:

  1. Eat right on “off” nights: There will be plenty of holiday dinners and cocktail parties where it might be hard to make healthy eating decisions.  On nights in, try to cook dinner at home and make a dish filled with proteins and veggies, to help keep you energized and full while staying healthy.  Think hearty, plant based meals.  

    What to try: Spiced & Charred Carrots.  Pair it with a side salad and it’s enough for dinner.  

  2. Make healthy treats: There’s a near endless supply of desserts during the holidays- cookies, candies, hot chocolate and so much more. I’m certainly not suggesting you refrain from these altogether (I don’t want to ruin your holiday!), but there are some healthy treats you can make to keep you from overindulging.  Check out Pinterest for plenty of healthy eating ideas, but my favorite healthy cookies are below.  I’ve already made a batch of these for Christmas!

    What to try: Almond Butter Cookies.

  3. Take advantage of current promotions: There are a ton of promotions, sales and deals during the holidays and it’s a great time to try a new workout or load up on fitness packages.  Buying more classes or taking advantage of a new client promotion will help you stay on track now, rather than waiting until after the holidays to jumpstart your fitness routine.  
  4. Have fun without guilt: Don’t let the holidays go by without enjoying them.  Thinking about every single occasion as an opportunity for indulgence or misstep is not going to help.  Instead, try to indulge within reason.  Think about the foods you truly enjoy and look forward to this time of year and allow yourself to have them and enjoy them.  This will help you to feel satisfied and prevent you from overeating.  

Photos of #1 and #2

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