Tip Tuesday: Getting through the holidays

Thanksgiving brings the official start of the holiday season. Food, drinks & temptations will be everywhere. It’s easy to get carried away when everything and everyone is so jolly! It’s okay to indulge a little, but remember it’s just a holi-DAY, not a holi-MONTH! Here are a few tips to stay on track while still enjoying yourself…

Workout.

Just because it’s the holiday season, doesn’t mean you should stop your normal workout routine. Try to get to the same amount of classes you usually go to. A class is only one hour of your day. Give yourself the gift of a workout. You may actually need that hour away from all of the holiday hoopla to unplug and relax. You will feel a million times better for making it to class. The feeling you get from a great workout will clear your mind & help you rock those holiday parties! Plus, you’ll want to burn off any holiday indulgences immediately!

Eat as clean as possible.

Temptations & indulges are EVERYWHERE. That doesn’t mean you have to give in to them. Stick to the basics- meat & veggies to fill up on, then taste a little of the “bad” stuff here and there. The key words are HERE and THERE. It’s so easy to grab a cookie or some candy, but think about your long term goals. Think about how you feel when you eat poorly. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t give into some temptations! Just remember that we want everything to be enjoyed in moderation. Offer to bring a dish that you can eat. Sometimes, families don’t even know where to begin in providing healthy alternatives especially for you. Offer to bring a side dish or appetizer that you know is compatible with your nutrition philosophy. At the very least, you’ll be able to eat something.

Watch your alcohol consumption. 

It may seem easier to get through all of those holiday parties by being drunk. Maybe you’re right. But, you’ll save yourself from a ton of extra hidden calories and avoid the headache that creeps in after a night of beverages. Set a limit for yourself before you even walk into a party. Remember, everyone has their phones out, and anything that happens at the drunken holiday party is bound to show up on social media the next day!! 🙂

Give yourself a daily reminder to adhere to your commitment to stay healthy! 

Limit your stress level as best you can. The holidays can be the most stressful, happy, depressing, busy time of the year. It’s not always candy canes and sugar plums! Set aside at least 30 minutes of “me-time” a day. Watch your favorite show; have a cup of cocoa; read & relax. You’ll need those extra minutes of sanity!

Smile and enjoy this time of the year- it only comes around once!!

Happy Holidays!

 

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