How to Stay Balanced During the Holidays

holidayThe last month of the year is filled with good times – and those good times normally involve a lot of food and maybe even a little booze. How can you stay healthy through all of that? Well, avoiding it hardly an option. Getting together with your friends and family and simply connecting is important. So is celebrating and having fun. It can’t be denied that unhealthy choices are a part of all of that. There are ways to have fun but stay balanced in the process. Here are a few you may want to incorporate into your holiday season.

New Habits

Most people want to wait until after the New Year to start a new habit, but there’s no time like the present when it comes to your health. A great strategy is to pick one health food or drink habit and then stick with it for the rest of the year – the rest of the year meaning 12 months, not until January 1st. 

But, now is not the time to make perfection your goal; it’s more the time to pick just one thing that is good for you and make a commitment to it. Anything else you manage to do for your health over the year is simply a bonus. A few ideas are:

  • Have one raw salad a day.
  • Drink a tall glass of warm lemon water every morning.
  • Have one piece of fruit a day as a snack.
  • Drink a green smoothie every day.

Focus On Veggies

At these get-togethers you will be attending throughout the holiday season, make your contribution the healthiest one. Try to create a dish that is heavy on the vegetables in an attempt to balance out all the other stuff on the buffet table. A few ideas are:

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Balsamic green beans

Create a Game Plan

It might be a lot easier to let loose and actually have some fun during the season when you have a plan for how you’re going to address your health once the party is over. Make plans for exercise, create a food plan to help you reset – you can even buy a juicer (hello after-Christmas sales!). Once you have a plan in place it’ll be much easier to live in the moment and enjoy yourself.

Tell Food Guilt to Take a Hike

“You only live once” is an over-used expression for a reason – it happens to be true. This doesn’t mean you need to do whatever you want when you want, but it does mean that a slice of your favorite pie at the work holiday party doesn’t have to ruin your whole night. The only thing accomplished by feeling guilty is killing your good time. So, enjoy your holidays and worry about the details later!

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