I recently started writing wellness articles for my family’s company monthly newsletter. My latest article is all about staying healthy during the busy holiday season. Checkout my go-to tips below!
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS
Even though the holidays are often a joyous time of year spending time with family and friends, it can also be quite challenging for your health habits. We are are often short on time, a bit stressed, and constantly tempted with decadent dishes that can lead us down a regrettable path. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Here are a few of my go-to tips to staying healthy over the holiday season.
Get Creative with Healthy Recipes: Pinterest and many bloggers out there have so many healthy alternatives to our favorite holiday comfort foods, so do some research or check out my blog: www.kaleighwalker.com/blog or Pinterest page for some of my favorites!
Preparation is KEY: When you know you are going into a situation that could possibly lead to bad nutritional choices, do some preparation beforehand. If it’s at a restaurant, skim the menu and pick out a dish that you know will be the healthiest option. If you are going to a party, eat a healthy snack beforehand or offer to bring a healthy dish you know you will eat.
Plan Time for Exercise: No matter how busy you get, stay committed to your exercise regimen! It will not only help you maintain your weight, but it will help alleviate stress and fatigue that can happen over the holidays.
Use a Smaller Plate: A salad plate or even a large napkin is the perfect way to keep your portion sizes smaller.
Fill Up On Veggies: Veggies are a great source of fiber, which provide that feeling of fullness or satiation. I like to think of veggies as my main dish, with everything else being a side.
Bring Mints, Gum, or Your Toothbrush to Avoid over-eating
Be Present: We are often doing 80 different things at once when we are eating. Try to slow down and really be mindful of what you are putting into your body every time you eat.
Stay Hydrated And Well-Rested: Often times our minds think we are hungrier than we are because we are dehydrated. On top of that, studies have shown that a bad night’s sleep = cravings for bad foods.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: If it’s not in your house, you’re not going to eat it! I know it’s hard when friends give cookies, chocolate, or candy as gifts, but it’s better to enjoy a few bites and then share with co-workers or neighbors.
Take a Probiotic: Try taking a Probiotic before going to bed to help with digestion, elimination, gut health, and immunity.
Moderation And 80/20 Rule: Allow yourself to enjoy indulging every now and then. Remember, it’s all about moderation! When you eat plenty of fruits, veggies, grains, healthy fats, and lean meats 80% of the time, you don’t have to feel guilty splurging on an occasional piece of pie, mac & cheese, or that extra glass of wine. The holiday pounds don’t come on because you had a couple of bites of dessert, they come on when you overindulge consistently. It takes around 500 extra calories per day (or 3500 per week) to gain one pound, so consider that when making choices.
Take the Focus off Food: Holidays are definitely a time to celebrate friends and family, but try to find different ways to enjoy time together that doesn’t center around food. Make wreaths, go on a tour of decorated homes, do a Holiday 5k, decorate the Christmas tree or make homemade ornaments, sing Christmas Carols, go to a holiday movie or play, literally the list is endless!