The holidays are a time for family, warmth and indulging — but too often people go totally off-track and end up messing with their sleep habits, getting lax on their fitness regimen, or putting un a couple of unwanted pounds from holiday festivities.
However, with an empathetic attitude towards the self and a solid plan, you can enjoy the holidays without going overboard. Check out our top tips for a healthful holiday and go into the holiday season with confidence!
Step One: Make A Commitment To Be Kind To Yourself
Like we’ve discussed before — no major lifestyle change is successful without empathy for the self. When we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves (never having carbs again, exercising every single day), when we inevitably falter, our sense of failure and shame often results in giving up entirely. Smaller, incremental changes are the key to long-term success.
No one is perfect: creating space for your own imperfections will allow you to both enjoy the holidays to their fullest as well as stay conscientious about your health priorities.
Step Two: Map Out Your Holiday Season Events
Holiday parties? Check. Cookie swaps? Check. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, New Years’ Eve, school parties, work parties, and more — get them all on your calendar. Then, take a step back and identify which events you really want to indulge in, and which you can approach with moderation in mind.
Make sure to prioritize in indulging in the things you really love: Do you make cookies as a family every year? Do you and your spouse adore the company holiday party each year? Don’t rob yourself of your favorites.
By that same token, don’t “waste” calories on events that aren’t a priority. Creating this balance will help manage holiday indulgences.
Step Three: Create + Stick To A Plan During The Week
In order to offset indulgences at events, be sure to stick to a nutrition, fitness, sleep and stress plan during the week. With whirlwind events and cold/flu season, it’s the perfect time to prioritize your health. Meal plan your weekday meals, schedule/make time for fitness, and create time for relaxation — whether it’s luxuriating in a bath or setting a goal for weekly meditation.
Step Four: Plan Health and Wellness Themed Activities With Loved Ones
Think about ways you can spend time with loved ones that involve treating your body, mind, and spirit. Go on a long walk or hike with a friend instead of a boozy brunch, a yoga class and a steam at a local gym instead of happy hour, snowy winter walks after dinner with your spouse instead of Netflix, and more.
Step Five: Develop A Strategy For Eating Out
It’s hard to stay on track while eating out! Check out our secrets for navigating restaurant menus. Our favorite tip: determine your simple carbohydrate priorities. Plan to pick either bread, dessert OR alcohol — this allows you to enjoy yourself without going overboard.
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