Every single year it starts with Halloween and goes through New Year’s Day. SO many crazy expectations of the Holiday season cause added stress. Running from here to there, decorating, baking, planning, plus additional responsibilities which all lead to unhealthy habits. Sometimes we don’t even realize it until it’s too late.
Taking care of YOU is so crucial during this time of year for so many reasons. Your sanity being one of them! 😉
Make sure to schedule time for yourselves every single day. YOU matter, your health and your happiness matters. Somedays you may be stressed and think you don’t have the time or energy to get any type of physical activity in. Trust me, even 30 minutes a day will do WONDERS for your overall wellbeing. Find an accountability partner, a group, a class, whatever it may be to help hold yourselves accountable. I will promise you, talking to some friends about doing this together will be more powerful than you can imagine.
One thing that we all know we cannot (and really don’t want to) avoid, are all of the parties and festivities that go along with what the season brings. Enjoying quality time with friends and family is truly the reason to celebrate.
Here are some things that you can do while attending those gatherings that will help you and your waistline!
- Always ask if you can bring a dish to the party, this way you know that at least something will be healthy.
- Eat a healthy snack ahead of time so you are not starving when you arrive.
- Avoid mingling by the food, out of sight, out of mind!
- Carry a clutch, drink in one hand, clutch in the other. This will help you avoid grabbing for the food with your free hand!
- Pop some gum in your mouth before the party, it can trick your mind into thinking you just finished eating! It also helps that many foods don’t taste as good after chewing gum or brushing teeth!
- While out shopping for Holiday items, be sure to bring HEALTHY snacks with you. This will help you avoid the food court or the kiosks with unhealthy options.
Alcohol…alternate between a drink and a water. Sparkling water with fruit is always a yummy option too! Try and remember what you have going on the next day before you drink too much.
- Focus on the FUN not the FOOD. Meeting new people, starting games with the guests, whatever it may be to steer everyone away from the food.
Saving your calories or saving hunger until the “big meal” or the party is not a good idea. Eat 4-6 small meals throughout the day that are high in protein as well as water based is a great option. I.e: eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies.
- Don’t bake this year. Think about it, if you bake something, you will eat it. Baking is a nice gesture, but when you give it to your friends and family, you are not doing them a favor. I am SURE you bake wonderful things, but SO many people bake things over the Holidays. Maybe not you, not this year! It will free up time too which can be for you to focus on yourself! OR try making non-food items for friends and family!
- Right now, get a list of favorite healthy meals to make ahead and freeze for the crazy upcoming busy nights. Crock pot meals are golden between now and the New Year. The last thing you want to do is be so busy that you don’t have time to cook healthy meals for you and your family.
- If you have the party at your home, send leftovers with people that you know will tempt you. Again, out of sight, out of house, out of mind!
- If you are traveling during this time of year, make sure to look up your favorite gym or activity to see if they have classes in the area. Schedule them in RIGHT AWAY so you make sure to go. When you are already signed up, you are WAY more likely to go than to skip. Better yet, grab a friend or family member and have them attend with you. Maybe getting to the gym or a class is not your thing. Lucky for you, there are SO many workouts available at your fingertips! One of my favorites is the new Beachbody on demand. TONS of workouts suitable for all ages on your computer or TV as long as you have a WIFI connection. I also know many people love the Tone it Up girls as well as Kayla Itsines programs which again are home based workouts! Be sure to check out different boards on Pinterest too, so many different circuit workouts you can pull up and do anywhere!
With everything said above, you ARE allowed to indulge. Don’t completely deprive yourselves of baked goods, delicious meals and yummy beverages. Enjoy in moderation.
I hope some of these tips above help you beat the Holiday bulge! It really comes down to being mindful with what you are eating and drinking plus the amount of exercise put in during these next few months. I know you can do it; I believe in you!
*Here are a few ideas for healthy appetizers as well as cocktails! *
This is my favorite drink around the Holiday season. Pour champagne in a glass, add a splash of pomegranate juice and a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds…watch the little seeds dance around in the champagne! Pomegranate also packs a pretty awesome punch when it comes to health benefits…you’re welcome! 😉
4oz sparkling wine (Brut has lowest sugar content)
Splash of 100% pomegranate juice
1 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
Add all ingredients to a champagne glass and ENJOY!
Healthy Hot Toddy
1 1/2 ounces of brandy, scotch, or bourbon
7 oz hot water
3/4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-star anise, cinnamon stick, or 3-5 cloves
1-2 thin slices of lemon for garnish
In a heatproof glass, stir together bourbon, hot water, honey, lemon juice, and spices.
Garnish with lemon slices, cinnamon, star anise and enjoy!
Salmon Endive Boats
½ cup whipped cream cheese spread (OR goat cheese)
16 Belgian endive leaves (about 2 heads)
2 oz salmon lox, cut into 2×1/2-inch strips
4 teaspoons capers, drained
4 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
16 tiny sprigs fresh dill weed
Separate the endive leaves, evenly portion the cream cheese spread into “boats” top with salmon, capers, onion and dill.
*I also LOVE filling the endive boats with hummus, green onion, red pepper and micro greens or sprouts!
Cilantro Quinoa Salad with black beans and corn
1 cup cooked quinoa
3 cups frozen corn (cooked)
1 16-ounce can black beans
1½ cups frozen, shelled edamame (cooked)
1 cup chopped red pepper
½ cup chopped cilantro
6 green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1.5 tablespoons smooth dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
Add everything in a bowl, mix gently, drizzle dressing over top and mix thoroughly.
by Casey Rishavy of @heart.core.lifestyle