The holiday season is upon us which oftentimes translates to full social calendars and break rooms that offer an endless supply of sweets and treats. To help combat the unhealthy side effects of this time of year, I’ve got seven tips to help you stay on the healthy track!
Get Moving. Even with busier than usual calendars, there’s always time to get a quick sweat in. Plan ahead by looking at your calendar and scheduling in your workouts! The MVP Sports Clubs app is a fantastic way to sign up for group classes and sync them directly to your calendar so that you don’t forget.
Didn’t make it to the gym? Take an evening walk with the family or pick different exercises to do during commercial breaks to get your heart pumping!
Stay Hydrated. It can be harder to stay hydrated during the cooler months, but it is just as important to our health! I always encourage the 8×8 rule: at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated can help keep our energy levels up (to fight the winter blues!), keep our skin moisturized and headaches at bay.
Craving something warm? Brew a cup of herbal tea or try out my favorite hot lemon ginger detox tonic in the morning.
Taste Everything. Usually people think the holidays mean deprivation if you are trying to stick to healthy habits. But I’m here to tell you that you can still enjoy all the season has to offer – in moderation!
My holiday tip is to “taste everything, indulge in nothing”, meaning allow yourself to have a little bit of everything on the Thanksgiving table to satisfy your taste buds, but don’t go overboard. Depriving yourself of something will oftentimes make you crave it more and then you can become downright miserable. No one wants to be around a foodie scrooge this season.
Think Green. Remember when we talked about the power of adding greens to your plate? Veggies are going to be your best friend this holiday season because they offer incredible health benefits for very few calories. Aim for filling at least half of your plate with veggies (and some fruit) to satisfy your hunger without breaking the calorie bank!
Eat Before You Go. Just like going to a grocery store hungry is one of the worst things you can do when trying to stick to healthy habits, showing up to a cocktail party famished is no better. All of the sudden those pig-in-a-blanket and cheese plates have you drooling like a dog who lays eyes on a piece of bacon. To avoid (over)eating everything in sight, have a light snack before you go such as an apple and peanut butter, hummus and veggie sticks or avocado toast!
Practice Gratitude. The holiday season is all about spending time with loved ones and practicing gratitude. Take some time to reflect on the things and people you are grateful for to increase your mood (and therefore, your confidence and motivation in making healthy choices!).
Be Kind to Yourself. So you ate a little too much or stayed out later than you had anticipated. That’s okay! Instead of beating yourself up about it, give yourself some grace. The next meal or the next day is a new opportunity to get back to the healthy foods and habits that you know make you feel at your best.