Whatever your holiday season looks like, it’s often a challenge to balance a healthy lifestyle. Excess food, missed workouts, no self-care, the list goes on. And let’s be honest – the holidays sometimes leave us more exhausted than beforehand!
The fact that you’re reading this right now is a sign you care about your health and well-being! You know the impact of nutrition on your energy, mood, happiness, and of course, your weight. Because when we are nourished from the inside, we look good and we feel good. That, my friend is the secret sauce to staying healthy during the holidays. Finding your WHY and reminding yourself of it when life get’s a little hectic!
Living a healthy, fulfilling and #momboss life is not an easy task, and it can get even more challenging during the holidays. 5 years ago you would have found me secretly dreading the holidays because I knew I’d be that girl going back for thirds, drinking loads of sugar in alcohol, and sneaking in yet another cookies.
I’d leave a holiday party feeling bloated, stuffed and uncomfortable, only to wake up the next morning puffy, lazy and unmotivated.
I no longer am or want to be that person, nor set that stage for my kids. Luckily, I’ve learned a few strategies and techniques over the years to help manage my health (and my weight) during the holidays!!
While it can be an easy time of year to hit snooze, skip the morning workout, and start your day off with cinnamon rolls. One of the best things you can do for your health is stick to as much of your normal healthy routine as possible. Sure, sleep in a bit and spice up the workout, but don’t skip the healthy habits you’ve already created.
You may think saving your appetite for that big holiday dinner makes sense, but reality is… if you walk into a room full of food ravenous, you’re likely to derail and overdo it. Eat a balanced, nutrient-dense meal during the day, and load up on a high-protein and fiber snack before hitting the party!
Planning ahead goes hand in hand with not skipping meals. Take a look at your day/week and what is to come. If you know you’ll have a drink and treat at an upcoming dinner, focus on getting in fruits and veggies earlier in the day. Crazy busy weekend ahead? Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and get in a quick workout. Having a plan versus “flying by the seat of your pants” is a surefire way to help you eat healthy during the holidays!
Think Protein, Veggies & Complex Carbs when building your plate. I like to call them the terrific three because it’s three food groups that deliver a powerful combination of nutrients to help fill you up and keep you satisfied.
Did you know it takes ~20 minutes for your body to register just how full it really is? Practice the rule of stopping when you think you’re 80% full, and wait at least 20 minutes before going back for another plate. Less is often more in this case 🙂
With each holiday, event, or party you have an opportunity to set a good example by bringing a healthy dish. Veggies trays, fruit platters, and whole grain dishes work great!
Have a few go-to hacks that can help you cut excess calories. Add a few ounces of sparkling water to your wine, find someone to “taste test” the dessert with you, load up on a veggies first, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Would love to know what other hacks you have to share, leave a comment below!
Holiday traditions are so fun, and this year I encourage you to think about what NEW traditions you can incorporate into your growing family. Maybe it’s a new way to get up and move (Reindeer Run anyone?). Maybe it’s a red and green “veggie shot” first thing in the morning! Maybe you all laugh together as you attempt a family workout in the basement together 🙂 Would love to hear what you’re planning, so leave a comment below!!
If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal. Don’t wait until the “New Year.” Acknowledge you’re not perfect and move on. This in one of the most important tactics you’ll ever learn!!