AKTips for Healthy Holidays

Almost every month has at least one major holiday which usually means celebrations that include food, drink, family and friends. You make it through those just fine, so there’s no reason you can’t get through this one. Here are our top tips for maintaining your health, happiness, and otherwise impeccable figure this holiday season.

  1. Prioritize. Decide which events are “must attend” or “maybe,” and give yourself permission to skip some “maybes” if you feel like you need that time for yourself. You can also set a limit, like only committing to events 3 nights a week. Decide what’s best for you, and stick to it.
  2. Maintain your normal workout schedule. This is the best thing you can do, physically and psychologically, because your workouts relieve stress and get that metabolism going. If you have to cut your workout a little shorter, or get to it a little later than usual, that’s fine. Just make sure you get it in!
  3. Eat regularly. Start your days with your usual (nutritious) breakfast, stick to the healthful snacks and meals your body is used to when you can. Don’t skip meals in anticipation of a party. When your body enters a state of starvation, you start to crave more of the bad things, and your metabolism slows down. When your metabolism is slower, your body is burning less, so those sugars, fats, and carbs make more of an impact.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you can throughout the day.  Proper hydration is key for maintaining pretty much every aspect of your health. When you’re dehydrated, you might feel hungry more often, and alcohol will affect you more quickly.
  5. Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation accumulates very quickly and is one of the main culprits of fat storage. Add that to increased alcohol and food consumption, and you’ve got a few extra holiday pounds right there.
  6. Never go to an event starving. This is the surest way to avoid overeating unhealthy party food. Treat yourself to a balanced and nutritious meal beforehand, and you won’t be tempted by the bad stuff.
  7. It never hurts to be the guest who brings a healthy platter. If your host asks people to bring food, fill a platter with pretty seasonal vegetables and make a healthy dip to go with them. Homemade hummus is always a good idea.
  8. Don’t beat yourself up. If you overindulged one night, don’t beat yourself up. Just get yourself back on track and remember that we’re all allowed to do that every once in a while.
  9. But don’t make excuses. Don’t beat yourself up, but don’t turn overindulging into a habit. There aren’t any good enough excuses for not taking care of yourself.
  10. Enjoy yourself. Be present, and grateful for the people you’re with and the happy moments you have with them. A little bit of mindfulness goes a long way for your health and happiness.
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