Okay so we are two days away from the first holiday of the season. I’m super pumped and have basically already been cooking for Thanksgiving since 2 or 3 weeks ago, wahoo! Check out my recipe archives for your last minute ideas!
This holiday season I want to make sure you are set up mentally and physically for success. While you are allowed to unwind and treat yo’self there is no reason to go off the rails and forget all that I’ve taught you. Check out my 5 tips for surviving the holidays and have a healthy and happy holiday season!
- Plan Ahead: I have said this before and I will say this again. Fail to plan and you can plan to fail. Many people get all worked up about what will happen to their health goals during the holidays, while others just ignore all feelings. No matter who you are, you need to plan your holidays. When will you be off your schedule? When will you be traveling? When will there be a party? Once you know what is ahead of you, then you can plan to eat beforehand, bring a dish to share or plan to make other plans!
- BYOP: Bring your own plate. Most people are THRILLED when you offer to bring food to their parties, more food for their guests. By bringing something you can ensure that there will be something at the event that you can have! Not able to bring a plate? Make sure to eat ahead or ask what the menu will be so you know what to expect (aka plan ahead).
- Stay Active: Just because it’s starting to get cold out does not mean you get to hibernate and stop moving. This is an awesome time of year to stay active because more than likely work is calming down for the year and you have more hours in the day to focus on you. Not able to get to a gym? No problemo, do a workout at home, go for a walk, organize a neighborhood touch football game, sign up for a 5k or have a few dance parties. Just get moving and stay moving this holiday season.
- JERF: Just eat real food. I know I sound like a broken record but if you can remember to eat the best quality REAL food you can, you will be much better off than just completely forgetting and eating whatever is in front of you. There’s a reason fruits and veggies are recommended, they are rich in nutrients, eat up!
- Go to Bed: Yes, sleep tight! This is a great time of year to get adequate sleep. Nothing good normally happens after 10pm anyway, so snuggle up with your favorite blanket, book or boo and sleep for at least 8 hours every night. Having trouble sleeping? It might be the excess sugar or alcohol, limit these as much as possible, get your magnesium (more on that soon) and stay active and your sleep is bound to improve. When we sleep 8 hours per night, our food cravings decrease, we have more energy and we physically have LESS hours in the day to eat, so there’s that 🙂
Above all, remember that you are human and if you do fall off the horse, pick yourself up and get right back on. There is not need to label yourself as “bad” or “fat” or a “failure” just because you decided you wanted to have a slice of pumpkin pie. Enjoy a treat here and there but keep your goals in mind so that you do not derail yourself the entire holiday season.
Let me know what you plan to do this holiday season to stay healthy, happy and active in the comments below.
Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays!