The craziness of December has begun, and the holidays are just weeks away. As you partake in all the festivities, celebrations, and gatherings, you are likely wondering how to enjoy yourself without completely falling off the bandwagon. No need to panic or get overwhelmed, we have a quick reference guide to help you breeze through and maintain your healthy goals. These are the 5 Keys to a Healthy Holiday Season.
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5 Keys to a Healthy Holiday Season
1. Find Healthier Alternatives
- There are lightened up versions of all your favorite recipes. That’s the beauty about the online food community, you have access to thousands of creative free recipes.
- For example, searching “sugar-free christmas cookies” on Google yields 5.5 million hits. People are catching on to the trend, and there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to healthy eating (including yours truly).
- Look out for a recipe roundup featuring our holiday favorites coming soon.
- Case in point, everyone loves egg nog, but most grocery store options are sugar-laden and made with mass-produced dairy. Instead, make a wholesome dairy or dairy free variety at home, or try the dairy free refined sugar-free version from Califia Farms (we are obsessed with this stuff).
- Fill up on vegetables versus digging into rich snacks or appetizers. Do a lap when you arrive at the party to scope out options, and hunker down next to the veggie tray. The fuller you are when those pastries get passed around, the easier it will be to avoid them.
- When all else fails, eat a small meal at home before you depart, or bring a healthy snack with you. Especially if you have numerous diet restrictions, or know you will be tempted, there is no better way to be prepared.
2. Everything in Moderation
- The old adage rings true. Enjoy what makes you happy, but don’t over do it. This does not mean however, that we suggest you gorge on 100 small bites either. Use common sense and know your own limits.
- Pick your favorite indulgence and focus on one thing per event. If you have a sweet tooth and know you want dessert at a party, consider passing on or limiting the alcohol.
- Speaking of cocktails, these can easily contribute to bad decisions and a massive blood sugar spike. To ensure moderation, have a glass of water in between every cocktail. This one-for-one mentality keeps you hydrated and minimizes total drinks consumed.
3. Stay Active
- Now is not the time to slack on your workout regime, as tempting as that may be. Keep up with your normal routines as much as possible, and fit in workouts where and when you can.
- Aim to get 30 minutes of activity per day, such as walking, yoga, or a quick weights session. Even splitting this up into two or three small sessions are extremely beneficial.
- Any little bit helps to boost your metabolism, and a morning workout especially will establish a healthy tone for your entire day.
- One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that you can reset what you eat by working out more.
4. Heal and Repair
- Now let’s say you accidentally on purpose go overboard one night. Maybe it’s your office holiday party, or a late night with your closest friends. We have all been there, and suffer for it the next day. The good news is there are ways to bounce back.
- As outlined in this article, you can combat a specific overindulgence with its healthy counterpart. There are helpful healers for overdoing the common offenders sugar, salt, dairy, and alcohol. (This is a good one to bookmark.)
- Understand you still need some sleep. You may be staying up later, getting up earlier, or a combination of both. Avoid overcommitting your schedule to the point of exhaustion.
- Keep your body healthy so it can sustain you all month-long.
- Prevent illness by taking care of yourself now, and stocking on important foods and nutrients.
- If you do come down with something, beat it quick with these natural remedies.
5. Let Go and Enjoy
- Last but not least, don’t put undo stress on yourself by constantly worrying about being healthy. Yes, yet is important to stay on your path to wellness, but is also important to just let go and enjoy sometimes.
- You will not derail your progress, or ruin all your hard work, by attending a couple of holiday parties. All the joy, happiness, and freedom will do you some good. Remember, wellness is largely a state of mind.
What are your tips and tricks for staying healthy this time of year? Let us know in the comments below!
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