The Holidays can be a stressful time for all and it can be easy to find yourself getting off track with your nutrition and fitness. Here are 5 quick and easy tips you can apply to your Holiday routine to help navigate all the delectable Holiday food and keep you feeling your best while avoiding the sugary crashes and lethargy.
1. Keep stress levels down: Enjoy the food you eat and enjoy it most with friends and
Elevated cortisol from extra or constant stress can send you into a food craving binge on whatever you might be able to get your hands on. With the holiday season in full swing, the food you will most likely get your hands on will be candy, pies, eggnog, etc. Do your best to stay calm and in good spirits since this will keep stress levels down and the food cravings at bay. Getting good sleep and avoiding sugar early in the morning can help.
2. Stay full: Do your best not to go parties hungry!
This might seem like a daunting task but a quick fix would be to snack on some fats like
almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, walnuts, etc. This will help keep you satiated and not
running for the first batch of cookies at your next holiday party! The less hungry you are
the less likely you are to eat loads of sugar and all the other treats.
3. Stick to the holiday timeline!
I am all for enjoying the holidays to the fullest! Which means indulging in the candy, pies, eggnog, drinks, cookies, etc. You name it and I am enjoying it especially among friends and family. So, if that is something that is possibly stressing you out then hopefully this article is enough to give you the green light and let go! It is healthy for the mind to let go and enjoy your surroundings in the moment, do your best not to get hung up on the foods you are eating and the potential damage they could cause. The trick is eliminating leftovers and only buying what you need for the occasion, i.e. try not to have left over pies, cartons of eggnog, tupperware full of cookies, or bags of candy lying around after the holidays.
4. Make a plan (or grocery list) and stick with it!
Making a plan to attack the grocery store or navigate a social party will significantly help
you cut down on the excess sugar and unnecessary foods for the house and stomach. So,
create a plan and stick with it if you’re like me and have several holiday parties to attend
and love to buy all the cookies, cake mixes, and holiday candy available in the grocery
store. Creating a plan allows you to create accountability for yourself and a sense of
direction to stick with only what you need in the moment.
5. Stay active!
The holidays can be hectic and take up most of our time otherwise used for the gym and being physically active. However, staying active may not be as hard as you think. Here are some suggestions for staying active:
– Take walks whenever possible after dinner. This will help with digestion and help use up some of that extra energy!
– Use stairs whenever possible.
– Do your best not to stay stagnate for long periods of time, i.e. not sitting down
in the comfy lounge chair for hours on end. Moving around every hour is best!
– Whenever possible get your workout in first thing in the morning. This will
help keep your mood elevated and the body ready to take on whatever the day
In all, enjoy the holidays and use these quick and easy tips to allow yourself to enjoy the
holidays to the fullest with your friends and family and come out on the other side feeling good
and ready to take on the new year!