How to stay healthy during the Christmas season
Listen. I’ve got a couple of healthy holiday tips for ya because you know what?
Dieting or trying to be healthy during the holidays is hard. I know that you know that, and so does everyone else.
Maybe you won’t be the healthiest this holiday season, but being healthier is possible. Now, can you still enjoy the holiday and all its food without gaining a ton of weight?
In this post, I’m going to talk about the five things you can do right now to make your holidays a little healthier.
1. How to stop overeating during the holidays
For years I think it’s been easy to correlate the holidays with delicious foods like my mom’s tamales, my friend’s mom’s homemade cookies from Germany, and endless holiday drinks.
But you see, when I decided to hire my first coach a couple of years ago (during the holidays) I had no choice, but to get my healthy habits together, right?. Well… just because I was paying someone doesn’t mean I was on my best behavior, it wasn’t until I got called out on it by my coach that it hit me. WHY was I like this?
I ate plenty, so it wasn’t like I was hungry.
Instead, it was because my mind was still in the “It’s the holidays, you’re supposed to gain weight” mindset when it didn’t have to be.
And your’s doesn’t have to be either.
Don’t make your goal to lose weight if you know that’s not what you want to do right now, don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re going to make yourself feel guilty for enjoying a holiday treat over laughs and conversations with friends and family.
Aim to lose the “go hard or go home mindset,”!
Don’t for the extra cookie, or buy the random snacks while waiting in line to pay for your Christmas gifts just because it’s there.
Catch yourself right when you feel like you’re diving into those bad habits, and instead create new habits for yourself.
2. Stay Active
Staying active during the holidays is very important. Not only is your weight affected, but so are a number of other things.
Your mood, energy, and how active you are during the holidays will reflect how healthy you’re keeping your body.
If you start blaming the holidays for your bad habits and don’t follow tip # 1 your body will know it and start to show it.
Create a routine and schedule your time out to be active. The holidays are always super busy, so I recommend squeezing this time out in the morning to get it out the way.
Go on daily walks and shoot for 10,000 steps a day with a friend, take a gym class once a week, or commit to working out at home or the gym a specific number of days.
3. Opt-for Substitutes
I’m not a fan of cutting out foods, but we can’t deny that during the holidays, we shouldn’t just be eating anything and everything in front of us just because that red and green frosting looks good.
Don’t you want to feel your best? I know I do. Ditch the colored frosting, the overly sugared desserts, and excess food ordered at the office
Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you need to have it.
Make sure you fill your plate up with protein first, double up on the veggies, drink tons of water, and then treat your sweet tooth with fruit or half a chocolate bar.
How much water should you drink a day? Check out this post over at Healthline.
4. Maintain your weight
Gaining weight always makes us feel guilty, but do yourself a favor and ditch the scale this holiday season.
The holidays are a time to enjoy, be merry, and do the things that make you happy. Forget about trying to lose weight during the holidays and instead try and maintain your weight.
If you ditched the scale, here’s a list of ways you can measure and keep track of your weight.
5. Enjoy the holidays differently this year
Switch things up a bit this holiday season. If you’re usually revolving your time around food, check out a couple of things you can do to be active.
Sign up for a 5K, volunteer at a church or local food shelter, get a part-time job, visit a nursing home, or make lunches to people who work over the holidays.
Conclusion TO How to stay on track during the holidays
The thought of gaining weight during the holiday season is inevitable, but it is impossible?
Not at all.
Don’t aim to be the healthiest just a little bit healthier than the last, move your body, stay hydrated, and get involved in your community.
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