Realistic Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

Christmas Spirit

There is a TON of advice about staying fit, eating healthy, and not gaining 26 pounds during the holiday season. I am a pretty realistic person, I know that I am going to eat mashed potatoes, pie, Christmas cookies, and drink lots of wine and champagne...because, let's face it, it wouldn't be AS much fun if I didn't. However! I don't want to eat everything in site and feel like crap the whole holiday season either. Moderation is key...with everything except wine...in my house at least! Of course, everyone is different, I am not an expert, and there are tons of ways to keep your body in shape during this sugary season, but these are my favorite tips...and they don't include stuffing broccoli in the pockets of your dress so you have a healthy snack at the party.

1. Eat what you want! ...but only what you really want. Don't chow down on the peppermint candies and cookies if you don't even like mint. Eat things you will really enjoy, don't just eat to eat.
Pie

2. Fill up on dinner or healthy snacks first. If you want to eat a little something before you even head out to the party that could be a good tactic, to avoid bad food choices. You won't be as hungry, and therefore as likely to eat lots of unhealthy snacks. If you are already at the party, seek out the healthy options before you give in to the sugary sweets. Fill up on veggies, whole wheat crackers, and fruits first... then you will eat less cookies and cake later.

3. Drink lots of water! Alcohol will dehydrate you, and you probably won't feel thirsty...(How can I be thirsty when I have been drinking ALL night!?!) Make sure you alternate sipping the bubbly with some good old fashioned H20. You're belly and your head will thank you!

4. Bring your favorite healthy snack. If you know there will be limited healthy options at the party offer to bring your own. My go to favorites are Garlic HummusDried Fruits, or Sweet Potato Crisps. It's also great to "healthify" a favorite holiday recipe, like these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I will be posting more this season! If you are hosting the holiday party try to make your own appetizers instead of using packaged or frozen appetizers. Cooking at Home

5. Fit in workouts...See the rest of the list here!

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