Peppermint mochas as Starbucks, cookies and brownies everywhere, eggnog (vegan eggnog, of course), comfy pants, movie marathons, the holidays have it all!
Well, it has a lot of the unhealthy, unproductive stuff. And look, I think it’s great.
I love taking advantage of all the junk food and the break from school (that still has yet to start). I also bake all the time and have relaxing nights in. Needless to say, I don’t eat my best and I am not as active as I could be. I’m not mad about it. I refuse to feel guilty for enjoying myself, and you should not feel guilty, either.
However, you don’t have to completely let yourself go. I am sure that you have plenty of goals for the New Year, but you can give yourself somewhat of a head start, or at least maintain what you have now.
It is absolutely possible to stay healthy during the holidays, and still enjoy all of your favorite holiday traditions. Want to keep eating peppermint everything, every dessert you lay your eyes on, and marathon Christmas movies? Well, guess what….you can! You can do all of those things without putting on 20 pounds as well.
Want to stay healthy during the holidays without feeling like you aren’t having any fun? Try these 5 tips:
1. Don’t Stop Moving
I know how tempting it is to just want to sit at home and watch Netflix all day…trust me, I am craving that as I am just finishing up school for the quarter. Now, you can totally do this. In fact, I may or may not have an entire day planned to do absolutely nothing. However, it is still a good idea to keep up with some form of fitness routine. I still go to yoga classes and do some light cardio. You can do more or less, but I would definitely recommend staying active if you want to stay on track.
2. Plan Ahead
Ok, so you know that during the weekend, you will chow down on cookies, eggnog, and peppermint-everything. Fine. But are you doing anything special on Tuesday? No? Well then, dedicate that day (along with a few others per week) to clean eating. Have my Healthiest Smoothie on Earth during your healthy days to hit the reset button. It’s all about balance during the holidays. If you balance healthy eating with not-so-healthy eating, you will find that you won’t be too far off from getting back in shape for the new year.
3. Have One Clean Meal Per Day
Going off of #2, even if you do plan on spending the day eating decadent holiday dishes, have a healthy breakfast. Are you and your family having a big brunch? Have a healthy dinner. Just because you plan on eating something unhealthy during the day, does not mean that you have to dedicate the entire day to indulgent eating. Now, it is perfectly fine to have 1 or 2 bad eating days (I have them from time to time, too). But if you want to lower your chances of weight gain or feeling like total crap, I would recommend eating one healthy meal each day. I am trying to do this as well!
4. Enjoy Healthier Alternatives When Possible
During the holidays, I try to enjoy healthier alternatives to my favorite foods. I love the veggies during dinner, a healthy dessert, and so on. Now, I do not always have the healthier alternative, but if one is available, I will have it. If you do not know if there will be a healthy version of your favorite food at a party/event, try making it on your own. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that some of your favorite foods can still taste good with a healthier spin. Check Pinterest if you want to find a specific dish!
5. Don’t Overthink It
It’s the Holidays! It is perfectly fine to be less mindful about food choices. You don’t have to exercise every day. Simply spending one hour in the gym for a few days per week or having a healthy breakfast everyday will be beneficial to your health. This is not the time of the year to overthink anything. Just enjoy the season, and realize that while you do not have to get completely off track, if you do, it’s ok. It’s only a month out of the year.
Ok, you’re keeping up with your workout routine, you’re still eating clean meals, and you aren’t overdoing it. You are doing just fine, and there is no need to strive for anything more. Just enjoy the holidays and have no regrets! There is nothing wrong with wanting to indulge and be lazy for a bit, and there is nothing wrong with pushing yourself in the gym all month long. Take whatever you want from my advice and ultimately, just enjoy the holidays!