It is officially December/Christmas season. For most people that means an even busier schedule, eating a lot of “indulgences”, drinking more than normal and sleeping even less. However, with some mindful choices, you can maintain your well-being. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy during the holiday season:
- The holidays can bring a lot of stress, take 5 to 10 mins every day to practice stillness or meditation. This will help you conquer your day.
- Practice portion control: It's okay to enjoy holiday treats but be mindful of portion sizes. Avoid overloading your plate and savor each bite. I would suggest never going to a party or event hungry, and fill up on protein, veggies and fruit before you go.
- Bring healthy food to the party. I learned this years ago, I would say before a party “well there won’t be anything I can eat”, well guess what there will be if you bring it! Instead of bringing a plate of cookies or a dip that isn’t so healthy for you, make a cheese and fruit tray, bring the veggies, make the salad, bring food that you want to eat, I promise you, you are not the only one looking for the “better” option at the party.
- Keep moving: Yes, I know it’s a busy time of year, but you have 30 mins every day to move your body, make sure to make this a priority every day. Mix it up every day with 30 min walk, yoga, or strength training.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, I personally suggest 128oz a day. Sometimes, our bodies can confuse thirst with hunger.
- Limit alcohol intake: I know people don’t like to hear this, but alcohol can be high in calories and may contribute to overeating and effects your sleep. I would suggest skipping the alcohol, but I know for some people that seems insane but try to limit it.
- Focus on your sleep: Going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time is a game changer. Aim for 7-9 hours a night, it’s okay to leave a party early and prioritize your sleep.
- Intermittent Fasting, I am a huge fan of fasting, I personally do a 16:8 fast daily, I don’t eat for 16 hours 7pm to 11am then I eat from 11am to 7pm. It’s a great way for your body to recover in a fasting state. It will also help you limit what and when you are eating. Give it a try, you may want to start slow and work your way up but it’s worth trying!
- Plan an activity that doesn’t revolve around food or drinks. This might sound foreign to you, but you can actually spend time with people, and it does not involve eating and drinking! Go ice skating, go look at Christmas lights, volunteer somewhere, go shopping together, play games, etc. We have a tendency to have to eat and drink when we get together, find something else to do.
- Remember to have FUN! Sometimes over the holidays we are so busy checking all the boxes we forget what the season is all about, find JOY every day, don’t take things to seriously.
I hope these tips are helpful and more important I hope everyone has a JOYFUL holiday season!