The Holiday season is here! I love this time of year because it represents so many important things in life. Gathering with friends and family, generosity, eating great food, and decorating light me up this time of year.
It goes without saying that the holidays can also bring some stress and anxiety around food and make us feel sluggish. We all struggle with getting off track nutritionally, and it’s OK. I think that just having this mindset alone is helpful during the holidays because it means that you’re human. It also takes the pressure off of always thinking that you have to be perfect with food or that you can’t indulge and enjoy your favorite treat. The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite treats because it’s not about perfection; it’s about progress. Small, consistent healthy choices create major health and lifestyle habits. Balance is KEY!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Drink tons of water throughout the day. If you don’t like regular water, add a lemon squeeze for taste and toxin elimination. Staying hydrated helps your body properly digest food, cleanses your body of harmful toxins, and improve skin health. Staying hydrated can help you maintain or lose weight because it keeps the cells from sending a message to your brain asking for fat to help them function. There are so many other amazing benefits, but these are the major ones! If you really hate water so much that you refuse to drink it, try Spindrift Real Fruit Sparkling Seltzer Water. There are no added sugars and all the delicious flavors are infused with real fruit.
Another hydration tip is to drink one 8 ounce glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. This will help keep you hydrated while also preventing a major hangover!
Carry healthy snacks
If you’re traveling for the holidays or very busy this time of year, it’s important to carry healthy food with you so you aren’t tempted by fast food. We all know that it is very hard to eat healthy on the road; there just aren’t enough healthy options. So, I recommend packing your purse or car with snacks, such as trail mix, apples, carrots, Larabars (my favorite), bananas, and nut butter packets. These snacks will keep you full and your blood sugar level stable.
Even if you only have time for a 5 minute walk or 10 squats, do it! Find ways to move your body everyday to give you an energy boost and release those endorphins for an instant mood boost. My favorite way to move everyday is by walking my two dogs at the park or on a nearby trail. I aim to walk for at least 30 minutes if I have the time. I also follow the Tone It Up gals and do their free daily toning moves. It only takes me about 15-20 minutes to complete, which is about all I can fit in with my 4 month old daughter! Other ideas are taking the stairs versus the elevator, parking your car far away from the store entrance while you’re doing your holiday shopping and inviting a friend to go for a walk or take a yoga class with you. Exercise is way more fun with a buddy!
Bring healthy food to gatherings
Prepare a delicious, healthy dish to share with your friends and family packed with wholesome ingredients. One dish that is sure to satisfy is this Roasted Winter Salad Bowl, by OhSheGlows.
Or you can make a really simple roasted rosemary vegetable dish. I made this for dinner two nights ago and it was so quick and easy. Simply chop some broccoli, brussels sprouts, red onion, carrots, and sweet potato. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle fresh rosemary on top and bake at 475 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Enjoy your favorite foods
Whether you’re indulging in cookies, chocolate or holiday cocktails, enjoy it. Don’t go overboard and eat until you’re uncomfortably full. Instead, enjoy whatever food you choose to eat and don’t feel guilty. You’re not ruining anything by eating a cookie. Savor every morsel and then plan to do something healthy from this list the same day or next day. This is the basis of being healthy.
What lights you up during the holiday season? Comment below!