The holidays are a wonderful time of year full of family, friends, food, and fun! Unfortunately, holidays can also be a challenge for anyone trying to stick with their health goals. So, how do you stay healthy during the holidays? Here are three easy things anyone can do to both enjoy the holidays and stay on track:
Each morning pick the most important goal (or goals – depending upon the day) for you to stick with. During the holidays, every day can be different. Some days are easy (marathon shopping with healthy snacks on hand) while other days are impossible (Thanksgiving with family – who is going to turn down grandma’s pie!?!). On the easy days, it‘s easy. Stick with it. On the tough days, find your top 1-3 priorities and just stick to those. Maybe you can get an early workout in? Make sure you drink at least 2 liters of water? Eat 3 cups of vegetables? Stop eating when you are not hungry anymore? Just pick the top 1-3 and don’t worry about the rest. Enjoy your holiday time and the people you are with! A couple days won’t make or break the month, and small steps create a lasting change that you can maintain long after the weight is gone.
#2 Get Gorgeous
That’s right, wear clothes that make you feel fabulous. Your hair, makeup, nails, whatever beautiful is to you, it’s time to do it! When you feel good about yourself, you take better care of yourself. Your confidence helps you make healthier choices. Even if your choices are just as unhealthy, you are loving the body you have exactly as it is, which is far more important than how much you weigh.
#3 Give Yourself – and Everyone Around You – Grace
Take this time to start practicing gratitude, mindfulness, and/or self-acceptance. We often get so focused on what we think we should be, we forget to be thankful for who we are and what we have. Before you prioritize your top goal(s) for the day, think of at least 3 things you are grateful for. Also, during the day try to do 3 acts of kindness. If you are up for it, you can practice eliminating all negative self-talk from your vocabulary – both in what you say and in what you think. Being kinder to yourself helps keep the spiral of falling off the wagon in check so a piece of pie stays a piece of pie without turning into eating the whole darn thing.
How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays
That’s it! Totally doable, right? Sometimes we forget that our body doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Having a healthy outlook, positive self-image, and joy-filled life are far more fulfilling than any size jeans could ever be. And achieving that state will help you achieve any and all of your health goals!