Ultimate Guide: Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Ultimate Guide: Staying Healthy During the Holidays {without missing out!}- use these tips to stay healthy during the holiday season without feeling deprived! | The Refreshanista

If you have trouble sticking to your diet during the holidays- you’re definitely not alone! There’s a reason that so many people make their New Year’s Resolution to get back to their diet. It can be really hard, surrounded by family and sugar-filled treats and alcohol. Temptation is everywhere. But don’t give up on your healthy lifestyle so fast, here are some tips to make it easier to stay healthy and feel great this year:

  1. Fill up on fruit and veggies first. Before going to a holiday party or having a family dinner, load up on veggies and fruit. This way you’ll be sure to get enough vitamins and nutrients and you won’t be tempted to fill your grumbling tummy with the unhealthier options.
  2. Drink lots of water. All the sugar and alcohol that come with the holiday season can leave you feeling not-so-good. Stay hydrated and opt for water instead of sodas or sugary alcoholic drinks to avoid excess sugar and empty calories.
  3. Choose treats wisely. Sometimes we’re attracted to any sugary treat but keep in mind which ones you don’t really need. Go ahead and savour your annual favourites whether it’s your grandma’s pumpkin pie or the Christmas cookies you make every year. And pass on the store-bought treats that don’t really do it for you.
  4. Don’t shop hungry. If you’re ravenous, it’s much harder to turn down all the holiday sweets that are abundant in the stores during the season. Be sure to eat veggies and protein to keep you full while you fill your cart healthy, nutritious foods. It’s scientifically proven that if you see food you are more likely to eat it, so fill your fridge and pantry with wholesome foods and avoid unhealthy treats. If you surround yourself with healthy options then that’s what you will eat 🙂
  5. Eat slowly and listen to your body. This is probably my favourite tip. If you don’t do anything else, remember to eat slowly and be aware of your hunger levels. Don’t pile your plate high to begin with, you’ll feel compelled to eat the whole thing. Instead, start with a small amount and as you eat, check in and ask yourself how hungry you are. If you’re still feeling pretty hungry after your first plate, then go ahead and get some more and repeat the process. Once you feel that you are not hungry any more but not really full, take a break for 15 minutes. It takes that long for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full.
  6. Workout when it feels right. Trying to force yourself to stick to a strenuous workout plan during the holidays probably won’t work. Instead, use your workout time as me-time. A nice break from all the craziness that comes with the holiday season.
  7. Don’t guilt-trip yourself. Did you overindulge at the holiday party? Maybe you haven’t worked out in two weeks? Don’t feel guilty! Feeling guilty will make you want to give up and just eat junk until New Year’s Day. Instead, celebrate small victories and don’t punish yourself for slip-ups. Every second is a chance to try again.

I hope these tips help you feel great this holiday season! Do you have any tips that help you feel healthy during the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

Melanie

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