Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and after that of course we have Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.
Then you’ve got those other really important days: National Cupcake Day, National Pastry Day, National Lager Day, National Brownie Day…
This time of year can be a doozy when it comes to staying healthy. That said, there are easy ways to keep your routine up and not feel guilty on the 1st of January.
The holidays can wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle, but with these easy healthy holiday tips you can stay motivated and on track!
Healthy Holiday Tips
1. Don’t leave the house hungry
One of the best ways to overdo it is to try and save up those calories during the day. The thing is, chances are your metabolism doesn’t really like that and that thinking usually leads to overeating. Make healthy choices during the day (before the party), and try not to leave the house with your stomach grumbling.
2. Don’t Skip that Exercise Routine
Yes, the holidays can get super busy, but that doesn’t mean you should just throw in the towel and get back on track after New Year’s Day. Schedule time for yourself, even on the busiest day, and get your workout in. Or, turn other activities into exercise. Shopping? Check.
3. Keep the Healthy Leftovers
With all the parties and get-togethers, you’re bound to have them. This year, instead of keeping all those yummy (and not-so-good-for-you) treats, give them away. Keep the healthy stuff and send the goodies away with guests.
4. Watch the Alcohol
Mulled wine, spiked cider, boozy hot chocolate, and of course all those fancy holiday-themed cocktails. It can be difficult to stay away from the alcohol during the holiday season, but those seemingly-harmless glasses can really add up when it comes to the calories. Plus, we all know they lower your inhibitions, making it easy to forget your goal to eat healthy.
5. Get Enough Sleep
The holidays can be busy, and that busy-ness can be stressful. What happens when you’re stressed? You lose sleep. Make sure to give yourself time to relax at the end of the day and try to get to bed at your regular time. Sure, some days this may be harder than others, but don’t let the holidays leave you feeling tired out.
6. Bring Something Healthy
If you’re not hosting, and therefore don’t have much control over the menu, offer to bring a healthy dish to add to the feast. A nice mixed greens salad, some roasted veg, even a healthy dessert are great options. We guarantee others at the party will be thankful you did too!
7. In the end, don’t stress
Remember, the holidays are supposed to be enjoyable. If you’re stressing over what you’re eating or the fact that you missed a run, you’re not enjoying it. One meal or plate of something extra sweet isn’t going to ruin anything, so don’t beat yourself up over that pie of pumpkin pie. Just don’t go for seconds (or thirds) and jump back on the healthy holiday train the next day.
The holidays can wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle, but with these easy healthy holiday tips you can stay motivated and on track! Good luck!