It’s easy to eat and drink more and exercise less at this time of year between American Thanksgiving, Hanukah, holiday parties, Christmas, cooler weather, and dark mornings and evenings.
Before you know it January rolls around, your pants are snug, and you realize you might have enjoyed the holidays a little too much. (Just me?!)
But some of the tips out there on how to beat that? They seem a little unimaginative and archaic.
Eat before you go to a party so you don’t overindulge? Put on lipstick after you eat to prevent going for more? Munch on carrots while in the kitchen to avoid taste-testing as you go?
Let’s come up with better ways to stay healthy during the holidays so that we can actually enjoy them without worrying about a few extra pounds.
Adjust your expectations. Realize you may not be able to get in all your scheduled workouts and you might eat less healthy than normal. Maybe even figure out if you’re comfortable gaining a bit of weight and how much.
Commit to fitness. Time is valuable over the holidays. It seems like any spare time you used to have is eaten up with visiting, shopping, or cooking and cleaning. If you don’t have time for your regular workout, switch it up. A short workout is better than none, and can really make you sweat.
Include family. This one kind of goes with the above point. If you don’t want to miss out on time with family and friends, include them. Do something fun like ice skating, tobogganing, or skiing. Or take them on a walk to see the decorated homes.
All or nothing. Eating doesn’t have to follow the all or none theory. If you’re going to eat ONE bad meal, you still have the opportunity to eat two really good meals and healthy snacks.
Bring something healthy. You may not always choose the healthiest options at the food table, but by bringing one you know there will be that option. Kelly and I generally bring a vegan entrée to dinners, so I know there is something healthy I can eat if I choose. Although the ‘fill up with veggies’ tip bugs me, my plate tends to have a lot of salad and vegetables on it.
Be positive and ENJOY. The holidays are a time to celebrate and be with family and friends. It’s hard to enjoy when you’re stressing about missed workouts and extra calories. So quite simply, don’t.
Get back on track. After a party, go back to regular eating and exercising until the next one. It’ll be a lot easier to get back on track come January if you haven’t gone overboard for an entire month!
I have never been able to turn down a homemade perogy, and I can’t say no to dessert when there is seasonal baking out. Hand me a hot chocolate with some Bailey’s or Kaluha and I’m a happy girl. I’m ok with this.
Vegan chocolate cupcakes with peppermint ‘buttercream’ icing
I know I eat healthy and workout the majority of the time. So I let myself indulge without worry.
What are your healthy holiday tips?
How many holiday parties do you have to attend?