Much as in the summer, magazines are flooded with fad diets and fast remedies that promise to make you feel better and optimistic about your body in time for the holidays. I’ll get straight to it; I think most of these posts are nonsense and too stringent at a moment when you want to relax and enjoy yourself.
Who needs to be sat in a corner sipping a green smoothie as the rest of the family enjoys eggnog, gingerbread, and mince pies? I’m not one of them, and I’m fairly confident the rest of you reading this article are as well.
It’s tempting to believe that you couldn’t be healthy and have fun during the holidays, but you can! Well, indeed! By actually making the best decisions for your health, you will eat healthy and face plant yourself in Christmas cake without feeling like a bloated whale afterwards.
Since everybody is different, wellbeing is a very personal matter. Do what feels right for you, but never deny your body of what it craves, particularly at this time of year!
It doesn’t have to be impossible to be joyful and healthy through the holidays. With these 5 simple tips, you’ll be able to instil some healthier behaviours during the holiday season, send the diet shame packing, and look and sound fabulous for all of those Christmas parties.
- Enjoy a little of what you want without feeling guilty.
If you’re tempted by the mince pie that’s calling your name and you’re resisting, enjoy it! If you didn’t already remember, I’m a huge proponent of maintaining a healthy balance, and I hope it comes through on my page. Don’t feel bad for indulging in heavier foods over the holidays or during some other time of the year; they’re there to be consumed just as healthy foods.
- Don’t neglect to replenish your water and champagne, darling!
Since it’s the holiday season, I expect the alcohol to spill freely; nevertheless, it’s also necessary to drink plenty of water. Water keeps you hydrated and alert while still improving the appearance of your face. Since hunger pangs may be confused for thirst, it’s a good idea to drink a glass of water first if you haven’t eaten lately.
- Show off your signature movements.
Only because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t get some workout in. I’m not talking about going to the gym; there’s nothing wrong about it over the holidays! Long family walks on Boxing Day, jumping in the living room to your favourite Christmas tunes, and shopping in the sales are all excellent opportunities to shake off the cobwebs after being stuck indoors for too long.
- Eat nutritious snacks in between meals.
If you feel hungry between meals, have some nutritious snacks on hand to keep you moving. I know I do! Through snacking healthily in between meals, you would be able to overindulge without feeling bad at your key meals. It’s easy to make your own homemade snacks; try my Banana Bread Granola Bars!
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- Have a good time and savour every moment.
Relax and enjoy yourself; after all, it is Christmas, and it only happens once a year. Enjoy your time with friends and relatives, fling your glitter and tinsel into the open, immerse yourself in all things Christmas, and have a great time!
Christmas can be celebrated for the memorable times shared with friends and relatives, not for how much calories you ate or the amount on the scales. Don’t fret if you missed a workout, consumed too many chocolates, or drank too many holiday cocktails; be gentle with yourself and you’ll quickly be back on track.
Instead of feeling guilty for your diet, eat, indulge, drink and be fabulous!
What do you have planned for the holidays? How can you remain safe and comfortable through the holidays?