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Having healthy holidays can be tough, especially when you are like me and love to get in the kitchen and bake sweets! But with these 5 tips, you are sure to not go overboard with anything that doesn’t make you feel your best.
While weight loss is not meant for this time of year, maintaining healthy habits improves both your mental health and physical health.
Adding in some fresh fruits as a healthy snack and choosing smaller plates will be simple things that help in a BIG way!
However, healthy holidays really are possible. With just a few simple tips, you can manage it while still having a great season. With just a bit of restraint and effort you can still make a lot of memories and have fun!
While I am not a registered dietician, I do know that incorporating some healthy recipes, an extra glass of water and avoiding alcoholic drink, can make everyone feel better.
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You certainly don’t need to be stressing about new year’s resolutions during the holidays. This is the time to enjoy people and delicious foods but we can stay healthier and happier if we feed and move our body well.
Your immune system will thank you!
Healthy Holidays Tip #1:
Be sure to still get in your daily exercise. While it is a super busy month, commit to a bit of time each day to go on a walk, go to the gym or jump on the trampoline with the kids…snow clothes and all!
Exercise will release oxytocin the happy hormone. It will help you get through the stress that can come during the holiday season.
Healthy Holidays Tip #2:
Fill up on protein and veggies! That way, when the treats make their debut, you can eat in better moderation because you’ve already filled your body with good stuff.
Healthy foods, healthy meals, healthy lifestyle, healthy holiday season, healthy choices, it all seems like a lot right? But simple swaps and portion control can leave you feeling great this holiday season.
Change out some of your favorite holiday recipes with healthy options or start your day with a balanced breakfast. A great way to do this is to use greek yogurt when you would normally use sour cream.
This simple switch in lots of your holiday favorites gives your body some extra calories at the holiday meal or family dinners. Family members won’t even be able to tell the difference!
Eating both veggies and protein can be hard especially with all the holiday travel and busyness. That’s why I love the 6 Pack Bags. They are perfect for meal prep or packing extra nutrient dense food when traveling.
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So pack up some prepped whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and sorghum as well as some sweet potatoes and lean proteins for the road! You might discover that some of your favorite recipes go great with these as well.
Healthy Holidays Tip #3:
Get enough sleep. Sleep is nearly as important for the health of your body as water so don’t skimp. Try to get enough sleep even when you are busy. You will be more productive during the day.
Also, if you get enough sleep, you will have the energy to workout and make the best meal choices.
Healthy Holidays Tip #4:
Drink enough water. Staying hydrated will keep your energy up and will also keep your skin looking clear for all those holiday photos.
If you notice more headaches, it usually means you aren’t getting enough water. Also, limit alcohol intake.
Try one of our delicious holiday mocktails instead. This cranberry White Russian mocktail is my favorite! Our blackberry rosemary mocktail is great too.
Healthy Holiday Tip #5:
Keep from getting sick by washing your hands often and taking vitamins and herbs. I love taking elderberry. The elderberry gummies are SO good and I swear by them!
I also take zinc tablets and drink real coconut water whenever possible. I feel like all of these things help me a lot!
See, just a few simple tips is all it takes! The best part is that to have healthy holidays, it’s not too tough at all.
Kayla Klontz says
I try to keep active and exercise in the winter, it’s so hard to resist the food!
cyndi br says
vitamins and lots of sleep
Bryan Vice says
I am going to quit drinking pop and start eating more veggies & fruits
carol clark says
well i work out but not much so i drink plenty of water
Erin Lane says
I allow myself a couple days of rest and then keep my jogging/exercise schedule.
Karen D says
I make sure to get extra sleep. Not everything has to be finished (perhaps being a procrastinator helps 🙂 )
I try to choose only treats that I really want and that taste good, rather than just eating everything available.
Too many tempting goodies that other people make, salty , sweet, the cocktails, can’t say no to them all. I try to stay hydrated to offset the onslaught.
I stay healthy by sticking with my daily yoga routine and trying to east as many vegetables as I do desserts!
I stay healthy by eating fruits & veggies first
Georgette Coan says
Lots of vitamins, stating hydrated, excessive hand washing, and always layer up. Those tips have helped the past few years.
Maryann D. says
I try to stay healthy during the holidays by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep and staying away from others who are ill.
I stay healthy during the holidays by making dishes with lots of vegetables as well as taking time to exercise.