How To Keep Healthy Habits Heading Into The Holidays
November 10th, 2022
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and lots of good food. This time of year can be a challenging time when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. Between the busy schedules, the abundance of tempting treats, and the temptation to spend more time indoors, it can be too easy to slip into unhealthy behaviors.
However, with a little effort and planning, you can keep your healthy routines going up until the new year. Here are some tips to help you keep your healthy habits heading into the holiday season.
If you are hosting a party, plan the meals. Prepare the ingredients and make the food before the party. Having a set menu will prevent you from making unhealthy or processed food.
Don't Deprive Yourself
Enjoying holiday foods is fun, but be mindful of portion sizes. While you should certainly be aware of your physical health, your mental health with food is equally important. Enjoying delicious and sometimes unhealthy food is perfectly fine once in a while.
Make Time for Physical Activity
Even though you may be busy with parties and shopping, make time for exercise. Start making small changes to your usual routine early on. Whether you get up an hour earlier each morning to have more time for fitness activities or squeeze in a walk on your lunch break, these tweaks will help set you up for success later in the holidays.
Make a list of the holiday parties and events you will be attending, and plan what you will eat and drink in advance. If you know you will be indulging in holiday foods, make sure to eat extra healthy meals leading up to the event. You can stock up on healthy snacks and meal ingredients before any holiday parties begin. This way, you won't be tempted by junk food or processed foods that may pop up at gatherings.
Avoid the Unhealthiest Foods
It’s very hard to only eat healthy foods during the holidays, and it’s probably going to make you feel depressed. And we don’t want that at all. So, try to avoid at least the ones that are the less healthy. We are talking about foods that contain a high level of sugar, such as candies, alcohol (cocktails and egg nog, for instance), and pastry appetizers.
If you are the host, you can alter certain recipes to make them healthier, if not, replace these food items with others that are better for your diet.
Remember to take some time for yourself every day so you don't get overwhelmed by all of the demands of the season. By prioritizing self-care and staying mindful of your habits as much as possible, you can keep those healthy routines going no matter what else is going on around you.
To keep healthy habits heading into the holiday season, it is important to be mindful of your food choices and make sure that you are getting enough rest.
Remember to stay active as much as possible. Whether it's through a brisk walk or an evening yoga session, make time every day to move your body and stay energized throughout the season.
By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season!