The holidays can be a stressful time for a lot of reasons! If you’re worried about maintaining your healthy lifestyle over the next couple of weeks hopefully these tips can alleviate a bit of that pressure.
Offer to bring a dish to any parties you attend. Bringing a dish ensures that you will have one thing there that you know you can eat and eat plenty of. If there are certain foods that you know you don’t do well with, are trying to avoid, etc. this is the perfect way to overcome that.
Build your plate with purpose. To me, this means starting first by filling your plate with greens – as many greens as you can! Once you’ve got about half of your plate filled with vegetables add a clean protein to your meal – be it ham, turkey, roast beef – whatever your traditions include. Once you cover off on those two components go back and add some starches. It’s really easy to go overboard with all of the mashed potatoes and stuffings so if you’re plate is already filled up with the good stuff you won’t end up feeling weighed down by heavy carbohydrates – approach those as more of a ‘garnish’ on your plate.
Stick to your workout routine. Sure you might not have access to your normal gym/equipment but that doesn’t mean that you have to do nothing. There are tons of bodyweight workouts that you can do – think squats, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, lunges, etc. Maybe even consider dropping into a gym if you’re traveling. Even just getting outside for a walk or run can be helpful.
All of that being said.. Enjoy the celebrations and traditions! AND Don’t beat yourself up about your choices. Certain foods, drinks, and traditions only come around once a year so as long as you’re mindfully choosing what you decide to indulge in you’re doing great! If you feel like you went overboard at a meal just move on from it and focus on making the next one better.
Hopefully implementing some of these things will mean a little less damage control come January :). Also, don’t forget to refer back to my Healthy Travel Tips post for some more ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! I’ll be back in 2018 with more blog posts.