tips for staying on track during the holidays
The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of year, for a lot of reasons! One thing that’s so fun about the holidays is all of the Christmas parties and holiday treats that we can’t seem to escape haha. Between the parties and the treats and “new years resolutions” being around the corner…it can be really challenging to maintain a healthy diet and workout routine in December. So, today I wanted to share a few simple tips with y’all to help you stay healthy throughout the holidays.
First tip – whether you are at work and there are Christmas cookies there everyday, or you’re at a party with SO much tempting junk food…do not go into any of these tempting situations hungry! If you’re at work and there are cookies in the office, make sure you have a healthy option so you don’t give into your actual physical hunger (as opposed to simply a craving). Bring an apple and almond butter to work with you, or your favorite protein bar. It’s easier to say no to tempting treats when you are full with good, healthy food. (Still not easy, but easier haha).
Or in the Christmas party situation…if you know they will only have tons of junk food at the party; eat a healthy dinner beforehand, and then just enjoy a few of your favorite snacks they have at the party…as opposed to arriving to the party hungry and eating everything in site! (Been there lol).
Another piece of advice for those situations is to bring a healthy option to the party! Before you all flog me for that suggestion, I’m not saying bring a bowl of kale haha. I’ve found a lot of yummy “lighter” holiday recipes on pinterest like deviled eggs or bacon wrapped dates that are still delicious, but won’t cost you thousands of calories. Check out theskinnytaste.com for some healthier options for holiday snacks!
Something else that will help you stay on track during the holidays is to get movin. I know the holidays are busy and we’re traveling and working and shopping. But, finding 30 mins during the day to sweat or get your heart rate up will be one of the best things you can do for yourself this busy season. Obviously the exercise will help balance out maybe an extra cookie here or there ha but it’s also so good for your stress level and mood!
My last tip to help you stay on track with your diet and exercise throughout the holidays might seem counterintuitive. But, I would encourage you to not be so hard on yourself. If you go into these holiday parties or this Christmas season with an “all or nothing” mindset that says “I will not have a single cookie at this party. I will not have a bite of any of these desserts,” etc…you are restricting yourself, and sooner or later, that mindset won’t work. Having this all or nothing mindset can also take the fun out of the holiday parties because you’re so focused on what you can and can’t eat. Exercise, be moderate, treat your body right..but enjoy your favorite Christmas dessert at your mom’s house, or a cookie that a coworker brought. It’s all about moderation and just treating your body right!
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If you have any tips for staying healthy throughout the holidays, leave a comment below! Thanks for reading!
This post was created in collaboration with Bernardo Outerwear. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!