We are now smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. It might have shown up a lot faster than expected and you might not be feeling that prepared. Don't put yourself on the back burner and keep your life on hold until January 1. Start taking care of yourself now!
Your social schedule might be looking pretty busy right now and you could be thinking that it is just all too much. The good thing is, you can stay (or get) healthy right now and not take up much time at all! With these tips below, you can feel your best, enjoy your holiday events AND stay healthy this season,
1. Find your "Why". Think about why you want to be healthy and what exactly that means to you. Find your driving force. If you remind yourself of your "why" you are more likely to stay on track and less likely to overindulge, skip workouts, skimp on sleep, etc.
2. Bring your own food. If you are going to a party and aren't sure if there will be healthy options there, bring some of your own! Maybe you will even convince others to start eating healthier when they see how tasty it can be!
3. Don't skip meals. Skipping meals usually backfires. Eat your normal, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. This will help you to remain in control and eat an appropriate amount of food instead of starving and eating everything in sight.
4. Aim to fill up on vegetables, fruits and lean protein. This will help prevent cravings and will crowd out other less healthy food options since you will be too satisfied to eat anything else after (or at least you won't be able to eat THAT much dessert)!
5. Limit alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks are empty calories and can lead to making bad choices - with food and other areas of life. Now, I'm not saying you can't drink, but on those special occasions when you do, choose lower calorie options and have at least one glass of water in between every drink.
6. Be mindful. Try to stay in the moment when chatting with friends and family, eating, working, getting ready for bed, or exercising. When focusing your attention on what you are doing you can accomplish that activity better, regulate your emotions and decrease stress, anxiety and depression. By living in each moment you can really appreciate life and lower your stress levels. Start practicing mindfulness by meditating first thing in the morning or right before bed every day when it is quiet.
7. Workout when you can. A few minutes here and a few minutes there can really add up! Do what you can when you can. Try to pencil in a workout each day and make it a priority. If that doesn't seem possible right now, just do your best! Go on a walk at lunch, park far anyway anywhere you go (if it's safe to do so), take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator, stand at your desk instead of sit, etc.!
8. Don't fall into the spending trap. If you don't have a lot of money or just don't want to spend it on decorations, parties or gifts, talk with your friends and family and arrange a white elephant exchange, secret Santa, opt out of gifts altogether or come up with alternative solutions. Don't put more pressure and stress on yourself and your family by overspending and getting into debt because of the holidays.
9. Predict. Plan. Prepare. Think about what your week will look like and then what each day will look like. Plan your food, workouts and sleep schedule so you know what you have time for. If you can't plan that much in advance, at least know where your next meal will be (at home/office/restaurant/etc.) and decide ahead of time what food choice you will make/order.
10. Forgive yourself! Nobody is perfect and nobody expects you to be. If you slip up, eat too much, don't workout, skimp on sleep, etc., just forgive yourself and move on! Do the best you can with your time and resources and expect to not be perfect! It is just a bump in the road that doesn't need to throw you off course. Pick yourself back up and get right back on track as soon as possible. You are doing good, don't talk negatively to yourself to make yourself think otherwise!
Do you need someone to help you along the way? With my Healthy Holidays program you will receive 6 weeks of menu plans, workout guides, holiday recipes, stress and financial tips, motivation and accountability! You will get full access to talk with me and ask me any questions! I can also help you with one-on-one coaching if that fits into your life better!
Don't wait until January 1, take charge of your health through these next few crazy weeks!
I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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