Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
First off, thanks for all the birthday wishes you guys! I’m still trying to eat my way out of the two batches of birthday brownies I made, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, holla at me for some!
Now that my birthday has passed, I can finally start thinking about all things Christmas and holiday related. As always, I’ll be heading back to Trinidad for the holidays, and I’ve already started thinking about all the food.
This time last year, I was worrying about not having access to a gym during my stay at home, and slipping up with my eating since traditional Christmas food in Trinidad can often be anything but healthy.
But, this year I’m a little more confident in my ability to stay healthy while still enjoying amazing food and having fun with family and friends. I tested it out a few of these on Thanksgiving back in October and they worked so today I want to share some of my tips with you.
7 Ways to Stay Healthy and Active During the Holidays
1. Carry a Healthy Dish
The easiest way to avoid eating too many unhealthy foods when you go to Christmas get-togethers is to just walk with something healthy yourself. That way, you know there’s at least one thing you can eat and enjoy without worrying about what exactly is in it and whether or not it’s good for you.
2. Stick with Water
I know from experience how easy it is to discount what you drink. But those sodas, sugar filled juices and glasses of alcohol can rack up pretty quickly. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to drink mostly water. This is something I do normally and have for a while, so it’s no hardship to keep doing it over the holidays. If you’re not used to it though, try drinking water first every time you get a craving for another drink. Usually it’ll quench your thirst, and the other times you can indulge without going overboard.
3. Follow an exercise routine
This one is specifically for Christmas, when we’re one vacation and our schedules are out of whack. Whether you continue your daily gym routine or switch to at home workouts to suit your busy Christmas prep, it’s important to maintain some kind of routine so you don’t neglect your workouts altogether. Try committing to classes at your gym, daily runs, or following a workout DVD for the duration of the holidays so you stay active in the coming weeks.
4. Workout as a family
When I go home, I want to spend time with my family, and it would be pretty easy to rationalise missing a workout to do so. But a cool compromise would be to workout with your family instead. Get everyone involved with a race or an obstacle course or just a walk after your meal. That way you kill two birds with one stone and spend time with your family while sneaking in a workout.
5. Indulge Sensibly
Christmas and Thanksgiving would not be the same without all the yummy baked goods that can be almost impossible to resist. I already know that I won’t be passing up my favourites when dessert time arrives on Christmas day. But remember to indulge in moderation. You can still satisfy your sweet tooth without jeopardizing all your healthy eating from the rest of the year.
6. Take the focus off the food
I’m sure you’ve noticed that most of these ways to stay healthy during the holidays have to do with food. That’s because, for a lot of us, the holidays are all about the food. We spend months waiting for that first taste of whatever our favourite holiday food is that we go totally crazy when it becomes available. My advice is to try to shift from a food centric mind-set to one that’s more family-fun oriented.
7. Enjoy the Outdoors
Lastly, try to spend some time outdoors. Make a conscious effort to get out of the house and away from the temptations of the food. Try taking walks after every meal or switch things up with a picnic and only pack enough food to satisfy everyone. We tend to pick at the leftovers even when we’re not hungry and it’s easier to forget about the food once it’s not right in front of you.
What about you?
What are some of the ways you plan to stay healthy this holiday season? Ever done a turkey trot? Is there a Christmas equivalent?
Share in the comments below!
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