Stay Sane and Healthy This Holiday Season!
The Holidays are rapidly approaching. We're about to be bombarded with parties, presents, and family. It's an easy time to get stressed, and get off the healthy track you've been working so hard to maintain all year. So here are a few tips and tricks to make your holidays a little easier, and will make you feel a little better about things come January 2:
Don't End Up Hungry
This is the easiest tip out there. Don't end up hungry. Whether you're about to attend the office Holiday party, or are spending the day bouncing from store to store shopping for gifts, be sure to keep your energy up with good food.
Be sure to keep your normal eating routine as much as possible. Bringing to work may help you avoid downing 5 gingerbread men for lunch. Eating that healthy, protein packed dinner will keep you from overeating at a party. Pack a delicious Epic Bar or small serving of almonds in your bag, and you'll have something to reach for at the mall or on the road. It's hard to stay on track when you're starving, and dealing with crowds of people. Be prepared!
As easy as it sounds, we all tend to let our gym routines go over the holidays. This Holiday season, commit to staying active. You don't have to go to the gym for 2 hours a day, just get moving!
Moving your body is easy- just get up and take a walk! You can also add some body weight movements throughout the day. Do squats while you're brushing your teeth. Stand during your weekly conference calls. Do curls with all those bags you're dragging around the mall. Stand at the party instead of sitting. There are many things you can do to add movement to your average day!
Make Some "Me Time"
If you tend to get overwhelmed during the Holidays, you need to take a few minutes (at least!) everyday to refocus. We all want to take care of others, but often forget that our ability to do so is reduced when we don't take care of ourselves.
Perhaps you can get in a quick morning meditation, or spend an evening doing something you love to do. Get to bed at a reasonable hour instead of lying in bed watching late night TV. And don't be afraid to say no if you're feeling overwhelmed. No one expects you to make EVERY party ALL the time- so don't be afraid to be honest with yourself, your friends and your family. If they truly care for you, they will understand your need to take care of yourself. You can always plan to get together over a healthy dinner or a walk after the holidays are over.
I hope these tips will help you through your Holiday Season. If you feel like you need a little help to get through the Holidays, or back on track come January, be sure to check out my services here. Also, I will be leading a 21 Day Sugar Detox Private Coaching Group starting in January (prep begins December 30, Detox begins on January 4). For more information on the 21 Day Sugar Detox, or to sign up, click here.
If you're looking for healthy holiday recipes, I'm working with Olio Tasting Room again to bring you so great ideas. I will also be doing a live tasting of a few items on December 12 at their Alexandria store. Be sure to check out my events for more information!