With the Holidays fast approaching, and my last blog post still in mind, it can be a struggle to find a balance between enjoying the Christmas/Holiday season while sill maintaining your healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to put in the effort towards your own health and make a real commitment to making healthy choices this coming December.
As if can be difficult to know where to start, in today’s blog post I am going to share with you some of the tips that I keep in mind during the Holidays to maintain a happy, healthy balance so that you can enjoy all the beauty that this season has to offer while still feeling great.
My Top 5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During the Holidays
Stay Hydrated: I cannot stress how important it is to be constantly fueling your body with water throughout the day. Not only will your skin be glowing, but you will feel more alert, energetic and less foggy-minded as you bustle from one Holiday activity to the next, allowing for more fun to take place! Staying hydrated is essential for your body to function at its best, and this is crucial during such a busy time of year.
Exercise: My favourite thing about exercise is that it doesn’t mean dragging yourself away from your family for 2 hours to go to the gym, as there are so many forms of exercise that are fun and family-friendly! Try having an action packed snowball fight, going for a trail walk, or skiing/snowboarding. You could also opt to do a quick HIIT Circuit in your living room or wake up 10 minutes earlier to do some yoga. Taking this time to sweat a little bit helps lower your blood pressure, promote a better sleep, and increase your mood while fighting holiday stress!
Make Healthy Swaps: This doesn’t mean forgoing the dessert table at the next party, or missing out on your favourite homemade mashed potatoes, but rather making an effort to include some healthy ingredients into your traditional meal. Try bringing a festive salad to the table, or looking to Pinterest for some healthy side dishes including veggies that will bring some fiber, vitamins and nutrients into your meal.
Get Some Rest: Anoungst all of the bustle of parties, volunteering, shopping, etc. it is crucial to be able to step back and take a moment to breathe and recharge your batteries. The holidays are a beautiful time filled with warmth, giving and family togetherness, and if we don’t stop to appreciate it, it flies by all too quickly. Remember to slow down every once in awhile to take a nap if you need it, or have a good, long sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, re-energized and ready to enjoy all that the Holidays have to offer with more skip in your step.
Indulge: As much as I encourage you to make an effort towards healthy choices, I stand by the fact that you also need to enjoy yourself, and that means indulging in food and drink as you desire. If you deprive yourself of what you really want, not only will you feel that deprivation, but it may cause you to lose it the next time you see the dessert table. Periodically or occasionally treating yourself is far better for your overall wellbeing than going without anything and then binging all at once. If you are including healthy meals, but also treats, your body is receiving more well rounded fuel, and thus functioning with more stability.
With all of this being said, the Holidays are far more than the superficial, and far more than obsessing over the food you eat, how much exercise you get, etc. It is a sacred time of year where we are reminded of all of our blessings, and the health and happiness of those whom we love as well as ourselves. It is a time for giving, grace and goodness, and it should be taken a moment at a time so that each one can be savoured. Nourish your body with smiles, laughter and joy, and exercise your ability to give to others, to lend a helping hand and to be kind.
** ALL OF THE ABOVE RECIPES CAN BE FOUND ON MY PINTEREST, https://www.pinterest.com/missmirandat/
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness