It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the yeaaaaaaar!
Really is. I love the holidays. Big problem tho, toooo much delicious foods. Did you know that the average American gains 7 pounds (3.18kgs) during the holidays? Okay, that statistic is old, but still. I’m pretty sure it has not improved over the last 20 years. Japan doesn’t look too good either, gaining somewhere between 2-3kgs during the New Years. So what are we to do? Here’s some tips to a healthy holiday season.
DON’T say you’ll start your diet on New Years
I know it’s easy to keep shoving those holiday cookies into your mouth and say January will come. Your blood sugar level is going to be all over the place, and you’ll have energy crashes in the afternoons. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need more energy during the holiday season, and crashes don’t work for me. Enjoy the good stuff, but don’t go overboard. Have a healthy holiday season.
DO move your body
Our bodies need a certain amount of movement to function. Don’t wait until New Years to start running 5k a day. Start today by taking a walk around the block. I’m tired of this culture that tells us to do something extreme for a short amount of time to ‘fix’ our bodies. I rather have people do small lasting lifestyle changes that will make them feel better about themselves not only today, but for the long run.
DO make decisions that feel good in your body
We all enjoy an occasional treat. Your biggest decision maker should be how you feel in your body. Are you getting any cravings? Are you going to the bathroom okay? Do you feel energized or tired? Not only does food bring people together, food is also medicine. Adjust what you’re consuming to how you’re feeling. Making sure we get enough nutrients is hard any time of year, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. I like to take these to make sure my nutritional bases are covered.
There you have it. 3 tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays. Of course, this is on top of making sure we are hydrated. That’s a year round thing so I didn’t include it in the list. If you need more help with ensuring you are getting enough nutrients, get yours here.