Tips for staying “healthy” during the holidays

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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


21 thoughts on “Tips for staying “healthy” during the holidays

  1. Anonymous says:

    Italian Nut Ball cookies covered in powdered sugar. But seriously this was a great article. I am going to try and follow these tips….Fun not Food. New Motto. Thanks Samantha


  2. Kerry LifeandLoves says:

    I have to confess to being an over-indulger at Christmas. Im a non meat eater, so the sausage rolls etc don’t float my boat, but I do love a drop of gin, a heap of roast potatoes and lovely, comforting puddings. I am looking to switch to a mainly plant based diet in the new year, so i plan on trying out some recipes in the Christmas break, so maybe I will be a little healthier this year!


  3. Eli Cole says:

    I agree with number 4 and 5. Definitely it is important to keep as healthy as possible during xmas before dinner. At least we can enjoy dinner at full because we have been following those little tips. Useful ans easy to follow 😘


  4. ktkinnes says:

    Love this post! I’ve been trying to avoid all the goodies in the office. I’m on weight watchers so I know the points of most of the snacks people bring in. My way of coping is to bring in my own low point snacks and setting them beside the goodies others brought in! For example, 2 points per celebration Sweet is the equivalent of 6 sugar free werthers! So I put my 6 down beside just one celebration and it reminds me that if I don’t have either then i’ll be even happier than if I were to eat them!


  5. withanoceanviewblog says:

    This post is awesome and the big one I practice every year from your list is tip 2, I only eat (indulge) in the treats I wouldn’t eat any other time of the year, which isn’t a lot and I find I’m satisfied then and don’t need to pig out or stuff my face haha!


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