The holidays are filled with so much cheer… and temptation. If you work in an office you know what I’m talking about. It seems like every day there’s a new cookie tray getting delivered. Then there are the parties. The office parties, the family parties, the friends, the neighbors and so on. By the end of December, you start to resemble the big guy, you know, Santa.
It’s so much easier to say “I’ll get back on track in the new year.” But you can enjoy the holidays without forgetting your health and goals. I’m gonna share with you some tips for staying “healthy” during the holidays and avoid gaining that 10 pounds or so of holiday weight, that people gain on average.
- Avoid the cookie tray in the office but allow yourself to eat cookies outside of work
This may be a tough one but it’s not that bad I swear. I’ve survived many holiday seasons abiding by this rule.
- Indulge only on your most special holiday treats
This is similar to the last one. If those cookie tins aren’t your thing, don’t eat them for the sake of eating. Save your calories for your favorite holiday goodies. For me, that’s a cinnamon bun on Christmas morning. Leave your favorite treat in a comment below!
- Stay in and rest up
The holidays can bring such stress. The last thing you want to do is run yourself ragged. Try to get a good night’s sleep. You don’t want to turn into a Grinch or get sick during the holidays. So get your rest.
- Stock your fridge with healthy meals
Like I said, the holidays are filled with temptations. Just because you indulged earlier in the day doesn’t mean you have to continue that night. Balance out your indulgence with some healthy meals. You’ll feel a lot better in doing so.
- Last but not least, focus on fun, not the food
Counting calories and thinking about all the food you shouldn’t be eating is exhausting! Don’t get worked about food during the holidays. It’s supposed to be a fun time of year filled with family and friends so don’t sweat the small stuff. Allow yourself to indulge here and there but balance it with healthier meals and workouts.
How are you staying healthy this holiday season?
Thanks for reading!
XO- Samantha Leigh