This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
However, now-a-days the holiday season tends to be a challenging time for some people. They either completely fall off track, or they miss out on the joy of the holidays because they are too dedicated to their gym and diet plan to really enjoy them.
I whole-heartedly believe that the goal of the holidays should be to enjoy time with your friends and family. Yes, there will be food and temptations. But the most important part of the holidays should be spending time with loved ones. Not stressing about what you’re going to eat, or if you will get all your workouts in.
That being said you do not have to deprive yourself of all your favourite foods in order to reach your goals. Additionally, you do not have to eat everything in sight in order to enjoy the holiday season. Eating everything in sight is not healthy, but neither is depriving yourself of certain foods forever. Additionally, neither are no way live.
The plan for over the holidays should be to find balance.
How do you stay healthy and balanced when faced with Christmas cooking and baking everywhere you turn?
Here are some of my healthy holiday tips:
- Don’t say, “yes” to everything.
- Don’t say, “no” to everything.
- Make the best choices, more often than not. Therefore you are consciously choosing to make better choices, while still enjoying yourself.
When eating healthy and taking care of your body is your lifestyle, you won’t have to stress. You eat healthy on principle and workout when you can, but not because you think you have to.
Just because it’s a holiday, does not mean it’s time to eat until you physically cannot.
On the contrary, even though holiday foods might not be the healthiest, it does not mean that you should have a mindset that you are “not allowed” to eat certain foods.
Find the balance.
Allow yourself to have either a small portion of a few of your favourites\ less healthy options, or a full serving of just one or two. However, make sure you still eat a large portion of vegetables and drink enough water. This is a great time to implement my Simple Nutrition Rules and use these guidelines to make better choices whilst allowing yourself to still enjoy while not feeling guilty.
Most importantly, put the emphasis on your family.
Remember, the most important part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones.Therefore, don’t waste your time worrying about all the temptations or beating yourself up for missing a workout or stuffing your face the whole time. Focus your energy on being present with your family, and don’t stress the rest.
In conclusion, eat your vegetables and drink enough water, enjoy your holiday favourites and learn to say no sometimes.
Remember, life is too short to stress over the Holidays.