7 Tips to Keep Healthy During the Holidays
With holidays around the corner, it is more important than ever to have your health top of mind. This time of celebration, while amazing, often costs us a few extra pounds and a lot of stress. We've put together a list of some of our favorite tips for staying both sane and healthy during the holidays so you can focus your energy on your friends and family.
Eat every meal and balance macros: If we deprive ourselves in the moment, we tend to overindulge later that day. It is especially important during times like Thanksgiving to eat a balanced breakfast so you are not starving by the time you arrive at the festivities. During holiday dinners make sure you intake your macronutrients: protein, fats, and carbohydrates. This will ensure satisfaction and prevent satiation. Also you can enjoy more variety in your meal! Lastly, DO NOT skip out on dessert if you want it. Satisfying the sweet craving serves a great mental benefit and also prevents bingeing during the next dessert opportunity.
Don’t be lazy during the holidays: Any opportunity you have for physical exercise, take it! Everyday opportunities include taking the stairs, taking a longer walking route or parking farther away from the store during shopping trips. These are all great ways to sneak in some more excercie. One activity that I love is participating in holiday races, especially the ones with holiday themes! Not only is it healthy, but it’s funky, exciting, and a great way to connect with family and friends. After the run, the holiday food will taste so much better. But if races aren’t for you, then participate in the annual thanksgiving football game. These games provide family bonding, fun, and physical activity. It can’t get any better!
Take a class with someone: The holidays are about spending time with your family and friends. Often times we are pulled in a hundred different directions and find ourselves struggling to catch up with everyone while home for the holidays. Next time you want to catch up with a friend suggest going to a spin or yoga class. You can get your workout in and have fun spending time with your friend(s). We also love yoga during this time since it helps you relax and take a moment to forget about the hectic holiday season.
Stay hydrated: Coming from an avid water drinker, this is so important. Water helps with digestion and flushes out the toxins in our body. Not only that, but it quenches your thirst, which is sometimes confused for hunger! Plus, water helps keep your skin healthy, so you'll look great in the family pictures!
Maintain sleep: The holidays mean days off and staying up late binge watching the next great Netflix show (Gilmore Girls anyone?). While you may not have as rigid of a schedule due to the time off, still focus on getting an adequate amount of sleep to keep your mind clear and sharp. You want to come back from the holidays feeling rested rather than exhausted.
Limit the alcohol: Days off, holiday dinners, family gatherings all mean more alcohol. Now we all love a drink or two (especially when you have that crazy family member) but remember that a night out or bottle of wine (to yourself) can discredit all the healthy decisions you made throughout the day. When you stick to a few drinks and sparkling water with lime, your head and body will thank us the next morning.
Focus on what really matters: We tend to get caught up in the materialistic side of the holidays, sometimes forgetting about what matters. This is a rare opportunity to truly embrace your precious time with family and friends.
The most important thing is to take care of yourself during this time. While it is about spending time with your family and friends it is also about recharging, refocusing and appreciating the many gifts this last year has given you.