You’ve worked hard on your health this year and want to stay on track over the next few months. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your health through the holidays.
Okay here’s the thing: the holidays can be HARD when you’re trying to maintain a clean lifestyle. Parties, drinks, cookies and candy, ALL THE FOOD. The holidays are a time when we gather with family and friends and enjoy those little moments. We are busy running from gathering to gathering, we’re focused on shopping and we may not be cooking at home as much because we’re out and about more. All of these things can lead to moving 10 steps back on our health and wellness goals.
I’ve worked really hard on my health and fitness goals this year, and I don’t want to have to start over again after the holidays, just because I couldn’t maintain my self control. If you are in the same boat, and want to maintain your health through the holidays, here are a few simple tips for you to follow.A few simple ways to maintain your health during the holidays. Click To Tweet
I know it’s hard. Trust me, I love me a good Christmas cookie or a big pile of stuffing. But eating everything that’s offered to you is a recipe for disaster on your nutrition and your waistline. A few cookies and a small amount of stuffing won’t completely derail your hard work, but try to keep the sweets and unhealthy carbs to a minimum.
Also, try to not go back for seconds (or maybe thirds in your case), and your body will thank you.
Eat the healthy food first
If you fill up on the healthy food you won’t want as much of the sugary desserts. Everyone always says, “Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!” I say forget to! Don’t leave room for dessert and you’re more likely to have a small amount, or skip it all together.
Get up 15 minutes earlier
I know this one is hard for so many of us. But if you know you won’t have time for a workout later in the day, get up a little earlier that day and throw down a quick HIIT workout. Or do some yoga to get your mind, and body, ready for the day.
Bring your own food
Some people may think this one is rude, but are you going to tell a person with Celiac disease that they are rude for bringing their own food and not eating all your gluten-filled options? Probably not. Same goes for someone who’s eating a specific diet.
I have a girlfriend who’s daughter has special dietary needs. And she used to bring her own food to parties. And that was totally okay with me! People have become more understanding these days when it comes to special dietary needs so if you’re worried about what may be served at a gathering, bring something for yourself.
Eat before you go
Another option is to eat before you go out. Most gatherings at the holidays have a lot of appetizer options. And rarely are appetizers healthy. Eat before you leave the house and you’ll be less likely to binge on the unhealthy food at a get together.
Go for a walk
One of my favorite things to do after a big meal is go for a walk. That may sound terrible, but trust me, it’s much better for you than sitting down for an hour and possibly grazing even more. It helps the digestion process, burns more calories and is a great way to get the family together outside.
Trying to focus on what you’re putting in your body, do all the holiday things, and not stress out can be challenging. And stress can be detrimental to your health in so many ways. The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Try meditation, yoga and deep breathing to help manage your stress. If it gets to be too overwhelming, say no to invitations. We all want to see as many loved ones as we can this time of year, but sometimes saying no is the best thing for us.
Just a few simple things can help keep you on track and help maintain your health during the holidays. Making it a point focus on your health and wellness will have you going into the new year feeling great and ready to kick your health goals into high gear.