The holiday season is so much fun. It's full of time spent with friends and family doing festive activities, exchanging gifts, making memories...and lots of food. The later aspect of the holidays can be very stressful. On one hand, you want to enjoy the great food that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays, but, you don't want to overdo it. Whether you stress about the calories or just the general nutritional value of popular holiday treats, we are here to help you with some tips on staying healthy both during and after the holiday season. It's important to both monitor what you are eating AND your physical activities. It's totally OK to let yourself indulge during this special time of year—just be aware of what you are putting into your body and how well you are taking care of yourself.
While it's okay to indulge in your favorite holiday sweets sometimes, don't make ahabit of ALWAYS doing this. Choose your favorite, can't-live-without-it holiday goodies and treat yourself to them. As far as other holiday foods go, consider altering recipes and finding healthier alternatives to traditional recipes. The Internet is full of healthy but delicious recipes...so get to researching!
Monitor Your Intake
It's fine to indulge yourself sometimes, but just be mindful of exactly what and how much you are eating. You may find that just taking a small taste of your favorite holiday foods is satisfying enough. Holiday dinners can often consist of endless courses—but don't overeat! Take breaks in between courses, get up, walk around, and only eat more if you are REALLY hungry.
Stick To Your Exercise Plan!
Exercise is important all year round, but especially important during the holiday season in terms of maintaining weight. While it's best to up your usual workout routine a little bit to counteract the extra sweets you will probably be eating, at the least, make sure you stick to your regular routine and don't fall behind! We've had an especially warm winter thus far, so no excuses for not getting outside for your daily run!
Focus on ALL Aspects of the Holiday
There is so much more to a holiday than just food. Remember this, and put your energy and focus into other aspects, whether it's the religious aspects or the friends and family aspects. Rather than spending all your time cooking and baking holiday goodies, spend time doing holiday activities like cutting down your own Christmas tree, going to light shows, and doing holiday crafts.
Post-Holiday Season Detox
So, your efforts to stay super healthy during the holiday season didn't go as well as planned. It's okay, it happens to the best of us. Consider a post-holiday detox to get your body back on track after a long month of a few too many Christmas cookies and make it your New Years Resolution to get back into a healthy routine!