We have heard it from family and fiends, and probably experienced it ourselves on multiple occasions. You overeat, drink to much, and sit around during the holiday season, only to find yourself feeling sick and out of shape by the time the New Year comes around. Then, we fill our New Year’s to-do list with things such as “Lose Weight”, “Get a gym membership”, “Try a vegan diet” or “Start yoga classes”. Why not commit to all these things, during the holidays, so we don’t have to start all over again on January 1st?
Everyone wants to have a good holiday, and enjoy the festivities and treats that come with Christmas, but there is a fine line if you want to do so and be healthy at the same time. Although I have fallen culprit to a few pounds during the holiday season, here are personal tips that I try to follow so I can feel my best and still enjoy the holidays!
- Stay Hydrated! From busy schedules, to stresses of holiday shopping and preparation, to drinking to much alcohol, or even the cold weather drying out your skin, it’s important to stay hydrated at this time of the year! Make sure to have water before eating any holiday meals, and for every glass of wine or beer you have, drink a glass of water as well. Water protects our body’s organs and tissues, regulates our body’s temperature, moisturizes our skin and helps us flush out any unwanted toxins. Let hydration be your secret weapon this holiday season!
- Work Out! Don’t stop exercising just because it’s Christmas. Although your local gym might have limited holiday hours, there is still plenty you can do on your own. You can find free workout videos online, or go for a run or a bike ride if you live somewhere with warm conditions. If you live somewhere with snow, go cross country skiing, or skating. Make sure you stay active and keep moving!
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast! This is something everyone can do. Make sure you eat a nutrient dense breakfast so you can avoid hunger or food cravings throughout the day. Try my breakfast of champions bowl, or overnight oats with a green smoothie. You can also stay festive, with avocado toast sprinkled with pomegranate, or a gingerbread smoothie. Just make sure to start your day on the right note.
- Get good sleep! Even if you are busy with parties until all hours of the night, it doesn’t mean you have to stay past your bedtime. Try to stay on your sleep schedule and keep your bedroom as a calm, anxiety-free haven.
- Don’t Deprive Yourself. Everything in moderation. Maybe it’s unrealistic to say you are going to avoid sweets, or unhealthy foods this holiday season. It’s alright to treat yourself, but do so in moderation. Limit yourself and always try to chose the healthiest option available. After you have a treat, drink some water, and reassess if you need to have another one.
Lastly, I challenge all of you to include more plant based foods into your holiday meals and to take 5 minutes a day, just for you. Meditate, stretch, write in your journal, or listen to calming music. Remember that your health and emotion well-being are your most important assets. We don’t want to lose sight of that during the holiday season.