8 Tips for staying healthy during the holidays

This time of the year could be very hard to stay on track with your fitness goals. There are all sorts of holiday foods, desserts and snacks everywhere you go. You might feel all the hard work that you have been doing could go out the window if you don’t have the right guidance in just one month.

We have put together some tips so you can stay healthy and still enjoy the holidays guilt free!

1️⃣ Plan ahead ✍️

Probably by now, your co-workers are bringing in all sort of sweets to celebrate the holidays. Planning ahead your meals and snacks will help you resist temptation and stop you from grabbing them because you are hungry. If you are attending a party, make sure that you don’t starve yourself all day to consume your calories at the party, instead eat your regular meals and have something small to eat before leaving your house. This will help you from grabbing food your body doesn’t need.

2️⃣ Eat mindfully 😌

Grab smaller plates at work or at parties, this way you have control of what you put in it and don’t overfill it. Pick your favorite things and don’t just put food in the plate to fill it up.

3️⃣ Learn to say no ❌

Don’t feel bad about refusing to eat something. Say no without feeling guilty, it’s your body and you are in control of what you put into it. Don’t let peer pressure or fear of what other people think make you do anything you don’t want to. Everyone has different eating habits.

4️⃣ Don’t drink your calories 🍻

Chances are you will get offered more than one glass of something during the holidays. When you drink your body essentially puts all the other foods you have consumed on as low priority, and devotes itself to metabolizing the alcohol first. If you drink, try to avoid drinks with a lot of sugar like EGGNOG, and drink one glass of water with every glass of alcohol you consume

5️⃣ Don’t stress 😁

Did you know that stress can trigger weight gain? Things during the holiday get very hectic, try to keep calm. Take some time to relax and clear your mind. Listen to music, read, watch a movie, etc.

6️⃣ Healthy holiday food 👌

If you are hosting a party at your house, try to have healthier options that your guest and you can enjoy. Cook your own food, select sugar free desserts, have vegetables with low calorie dips, or even fruits. Your guest might thank you later for keeping them on track!

7️⃣ Avoid leftovers 🍽

Usually holiday food isn’t the healthiest. Say no to wrapping up food for the next day that are packed in calories. Make sure to have food at home to resist into taking leftovers so you don’t have to cook the next day. You will end up feeling guilty and might end up getting off track.

8️⃣ Stay active 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Stay committed to your goals. Don’t beat yourself up If you had a couple of sweets here and there, or ate something that wasn’t necessarily healthy. Don’t spend 2 hours at the gym just to burn more calories, the main point is to keep your routine as much as you can and get moving!