Thanksgiving is absolutely one of my favorite Holiday’s of the year. Next to my birthday and Maybe Christmas ;). Any holiday that involved lots of good foods, family, dessert and time off work is A-OK in my book.
We all know I don’t need a holiday to make an excuse to indulge in desserts (hello), but just like everyone else, I need to keep myself in check during the holiday season to not COMPLETELY go overboard.
So, I thought it might be helpful/fun to share some of MY tips to a healthier, and happy holiday season :).
Healthy Holiday Tips!
1. Be Prepared
- For me, the holiday is about family and appreciating that time we have together. Thankfully my in laws are crazy active like me, so I know we’ll fit in some sweat, but I don’t want to have to schedule or prioritize exercise OVER family time. So, in order to start the holiday off on a healthy foot, I am front loading my week BEFORE leaving for vacation with exercise. Monday and Tuesday I am prioritizing healthy eating and exercise, so that I feel good going into the holiday. And of course, anything I do over the holiday is bonus!
- This one is super simple, but also super important. DRINK WATER. H20 people! Especially if you are traveling, planes = dehydration plain and simple (pun, ha). Water will also help you regulate your hunger, and help to distinguish between hunger cues vs. thirst cues. I plan on constantly having water around at all times this holiday, constantly sipping, to help keeping my body flushed and running well 🙂
3. Give yourself permission
- My plan for this weekend is to never OVER INDULGE, but to constantly allow for indulgences when they are available. There are a ton of yummies that are going to be available to me this weekend that aren’t normally. I don’t want to keep myself from enjoying them until Friday and then all of a sudden binge because I’ve been driving myself crazy skipping the good stuff. Having a glass of wine with the family, enjoying a piece of pie for dessert, indulging in some cheese and crackers BEFORE dinner, all OK. Just balance it out, and do it in MODERATION. I don’t want to deprive myself this weekend, I want to give myself permission to indulge within moderation
4. Make exercise FUN
- Hello Turkey Trot! I swear every town has a Turkey trot — and they aren’t competitive or serious, they’re for everyone and they’re fun. And this is just one way to enjoy exercise. Take walks with Grandma who you don’t get to see very often. Take the little ones to the park to run out their (and your) energy for awhile. Take a yoga class with your MIL. Run with your bro and sister. Get the exercise in, but keep it enjoyable and include the family so it’ll actually happen 🙂
5. Offer to help!
- If you are a bit of a control freak like me, you like to know what you’re doing, eating, seeing, etc. ha. Well if you want to eat a little healthier, offer to bring healthy dishes, or offer to HELP find recipes or ways to healthify your normal Thanksgiving meal staples. Applesauce = great substitute for butter. Complex carbs vs. white bread. Load up on fresh or roasted veggies. If YOU help make the dishes, you know what’s in them and can make them healthy options!
And these my friends, are just a few easy tips to keep from tippin’ the scale this holiday season!
Question of the Afternoon: What are your healthy holiday tips?