Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are supposed to be times of celebration and happiness with family and friends. These special moments can also be stressful, disrupt our normal routines and leave us feeling a little more weighed down. The good news is you can have healthy holidays too!
This Healthy Holidays series is designed to help you not only stay on track with your food and workouts but also help you reduce stress and feel happier this season.
We know a lot of our motivation to workout and eat right comes from how we feel.
We are tailoring in our best tips, secrets, and habits to help you stay on track this year while still enjoying your favorite foods.
With this free guide, you can skip the fatigue, stress, and weight gain this holiday season – while still enjoying yourself and have more time with your family and friends.
Your Guide to Healthy Holidays
Nothing is off limits this time of year, but we can keep to healthy habits to feel great inside and out!
If you’re worried about sticking to your healthy eating during the holidays, you really should check out our post: Avoid Muffin Top – 13 Simple Ways to Skip the Holiday Weight Gain. In it, we outline common reasons we get off track and suggest simple tips to staying on track.
So while indulging in your favorite foods is a must, portion control also plays a role in enjoying those foods and feeling your best.
Expect to see some surprising tips to cut back without depriving yourself in this post. One tip is to survey the food options at a party before ever fixing your plate to keep you from munching just to munch.
We also talk about getting ready for that Christmas party that’s just a day away in our Lose the Bloat Guide!
We give you 6 tips to getting a flatter belly overnight by adding in and removing certain foods from your diet. It’s just getting rid of water weight, but sometimes that’s all you need to feel amazing in that little cocktail dress.
Goals and Mindset
Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean all of your hard work and healthy habits have to go out the window.
While lots of parties, obligations, and traveling can affect our schedule, we can find a balance to stay on track to our goals.
We help you find that balance in 6 Tips to Achieve Your Healthy Goals During the Holidays.
Working Out & Staying Active
One of your goals might be sticking to a workout routine or staying active during the holidays.
Since your normal routines may be affected don’t sweat it if you need to tweak your schedule. You’re still going to be working towards your goals even if you drop down to 3 workouts a week, take a short break, or work out at home.
The important thing to remember is just do something! You don’t have to workout every day, but just going ice skating with your kids or shopping at the mall can burn extra calories.
Check out our guides to burning more calories and staying on track:
Stress is such a motivation crusher. While everyone is singing and the tree is twinkling, you might still feel like a Scrooge when you look at your to-do list for the week.
If nothing else, it’s important for us to identify when we are stressed and work ourselves out of it.
This may be asking for help from your family, cutting down on gifts, or saying no to a couple of those parties. We are all about prioritizing to de-stress.
Stay Healthier or Get Over a Cold Faster
It never seems to fail, someone in our family always ends up with a cold. Last year that person was me. We had been to New York City the week before Christmas, and I came back with a nasty cold.
The best way to prevent colds and illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and encourage others to do as well. Also, injuries increase in the colder months. One way to avoid a silly fall is to sprinkle sand or salt on icy patches.
If you or someone you know does catch a cold, check out our Cold Remedies – 12 Secrets to Feel Better Faster post.
Bring Something Yummy
Don’t sweat it if you’re not a baker. We used to try so hard to bake the perfect pie or cook the best turkey. Then we wised up and started buying a better pie from the bakery and ordering a turkey from a local store.
This is somewhere you can easily delegate to save your time and stress less.
If you love to cook though, we have some amazing recipes for you to try!
Don’t limit your healthy holidays to just you and your family. This season is the perfect time to volunteer or provide random acts of kindness.
We put together 95 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas and 2 Games to Promote Kindness.
This could be a perfect new tradition for the whole family.
Save Some Money
Who doesn’t like to save a little money? We love to shop online and get the best deals!
We skip Black Friday because of all of that drama (and we need sleep!).
Find the Perfect Gift
If you’re like us – sometimes finding the perfect present can be a source of stress too. We love giving the perfect gift to someone special, but we also know it can be hard to find the right thing when you have so much on your plate.
Also, if you aren’t necessarily as into health or fitness as your mom, daughter, girlfriend, dad, son, boyfriend, spouse – we have you covered with some awesome ideas!
Get Our Gift Guides:
- Your Healthy Gift Guide- What You Need On Your Christmas List
- Splurge-Worthy Fitness Stocking Stuffers
- 53 Stocking Stuffers Under $10
Then There is the New Year
Wrapping up our healthy holidays is New Year! Whether or not you normally set a New Years Resolution or not, we have you covered on a sure fire way to set goals and actually stick to them!
Check out our New Years Resolutions Guide for another free printable outlining how to stick to your goals to have an amazing new year.
Get ready to see what it’s like Sticking to Goals That Change Your Life!
After the Holidays Are Over
We love this gentle 3-day cleanse before a big Christmas party or after the holidays to get back on track.
We plan on following a 90/10 approach – 90% healthy habits with 10% being left for our favorite treats. Honestly, it may even look like 70/30 some days, and that’s okay.
For our workouts, we will probably take 5 days off. A couple days before Christmas and the 26th to get the tree down and everything put up.
The main thing is finding a plan that makes YOU feel happy, confident and in a balanced lifestyle.
Whatever may happen between now and January is up to you. We all will have to find the balance we want to pursue.
We do have some fun things planned for the new year, and we’d love for you to join us!
Our 21 Day Challenge will kick off in the new year with some amazing people! It’s such a great way to kick off the new year and have a lot of fun!
We customize a plan specifically for you and your goals. You’ll receive a set of workouts, a workout schedule, and a full nutritional guide along with daily support and accountability!
What is your tip or question for the Healthy Holidays series?
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