Tis the season of parties, group outings and other gatherings centered around food. And let’s be real – there aren’t too many parties out there serving green smoothies, kale and quinoa salads and infused water. But don’t get nervous. It’s ok. Food is fuel. Food is not the enemy and eating food is not a crime. Nor is exercise a punishment for enjoying food with friends and family. Enjoy food and drinks in moderation. Participate in physical activity because it makes your body strong.
This is not a license to go overboard, it is a reminder that you are a total being – mind, body and soul. It is nurturing to allow yourself to spend time with loved ones, without feeling guilty or stressed about a menu, calories or macronutrients. Your attitude about food is present when you eat. Don’t consume negativity, guilt or unneeded stress. Instead align your thoughts about food and exercise in a way that enables you to consume positivity, gratitude, and nourishment.
Here are some holiday tips to help you maintain your wellness goals and routines, while still allowing yourself to create memories with loved ones.
- Carry healthy snacks and eat them before you get to the party or get-together to help you avoid over-indulging
- Maintain your routines in a flexible way. Schedules tend to get busy around this time of year, so you may not be able to make your regularly scheduled classes and you may not be home on the weekend to create extensive meal plans, but try to stay on track the best you can. Workout using online videos; Prepare quick, healthy meals or consider a meal planning service for a few weeks; Try protein drinks, clean snacks and bars to help fuel you while you are out and about.
- Hydrate! – If you are consuming alcohol, be sure to hydrate before you drink and re-hydrate after. Consuming water in between drinks is a great way to limit your alcohol intake and intentionally re-hydrate.
- Rest – Get sleep nightly. Plan your days so you can pace yourself.
- Strike a balance – Be mindful to enjoy yourself without overindulging
Cheers to a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season!