Here come the holidays! Yay or yikes? This season is chock full of delightfully decadent temptations. And with the New Year in sight, it’s easy to push off healthy habits until January 1. But keeping it healthy doesn't have to be a resolution.
Actually, we feel staying healthy doesn’t have to be a major sacrifice. There’s no need to strive for perfection. It’s better to create a few handy tricks that work for specifically for you so you’ll stick to ‘em. Here are some healthy tips we’ve used over the last few holiday seasons that can work for you.
Eat Before You Go
Sometimes we give into tasty treats because we’re famished. If you know you have a long car ride ahead of you or have an uncle that gives a really long speech before letting anyone eat, have something healthy before you even get out the door. A small salad, banana, or smoothie are all easy and effectively filling options to have before any festivity. Taking the edge off your hunger can be the difference between eating too many sugar cookies and enjoying a reasonable portion.
Curb Cravings with Healthy Snacks
If you have to take a flight this holiday season, make sure you put “snacks” on your packing list. If you’re not a list person, try having healthy snacks in a bowl in a visible space in your house, like a countertop or even a console table near the front door. If you’re running out the door or even running around your house for visiting family, keeping nuts or dried fruit out and easy to grab is the way to go. Pro tip: Keep some in your car too!
Workout Wherever You Are
If you’re someone that enjoys exercising but doesn’t have as much time to do so during the holidays, remind yourself that you don’t need a gym to get your sweat on. In fact, you don’t even need to go through your full routine for the workout to have an impact. A few sit-ups, a couple of wall-sits, and some lounges are free, fast, and effective. Heck, a jog through a relative's neighborhood could feel like a new adventure.
Choose Indulgences Wisely
It’s not realistic to think you can say no to every gumdrop tree and gingerbread house you pass this season. And we completely support indulging in some of them. If you have traditions, special foods, favorite drinks that are a part of your holiday cheer, you should still feel like you can partake! Before the season kicks off, choose a few of your favorite treats that you wouldn’t want to live without. Keep to these choices and put the rest on the naughty list. As you go through the holiday season remind yourself that those are worth waiting for.