The holidays have officially begun.
Que the holiday parties, family gatherings, and cookie platters.
While the focus is on family time and feasting. There are a few ways you can make your health a priority amongst the hustle and bustle.
Staying on track this time of year can be tricky. With co-workers showing up with store bought snow man cookies and 300 calorie pumpkin spice lattes saying no can be quite the challenge.
How can one stay on track without turning in to a total grinch?
Here are my 6 tips to stay healthy and on track this holiday season.
1. Make water a priority.
During the colder months it is easier to get dehydrated. Make your water bottle your BFF. When you are dehydrated you are more likely to overeat.
2. Schedule your workouts.
During the holiday season it is easy to get off track with workouts. Schedule your workouts in your calendar ahead of time. Get your metabolism working, and avoid the post meal crash with a workout early in the day. You pre holiday meal pump will help you feel energized.
3. Bring a healthy dish to share.
This time of year the buffet tables can get rather meat and starch heavy. Make a healthy salad or your favorite vegetable dish to share. Your friends and family will thank you for adding some lighter fare to the mix. Ask your family and coworkers if you can bring a tray of seasonal roasted veggies or a green salad. This will be a welcomed option to round out the holiday feast.
4.Make healthy swaps.
Craving a holiday treat? Look up healthy swaps for your holiday favorites. You can use full fat greek yogurt part for part for oil in cake mixes, sub coconut sugar for white sugar in cookies. Little swaps can make a big difference. There is no shortage of sugar this time of year. Save your treats for items that are truly worth it. Skip the half eaten left over pie in the break room and save your splurge for you great aunts famous slice of pie.
5.Put fitness on your gift list.
Ask for a gift card to your local yoga studio, or for a new pair of running shoes. Some gear for your home gym. Putting fitness on your holiday list with have you achieving your new year's resolution a few weeks early.
6.Have active family time.
During the holidays it's all about spending time with those who mean the most. Make fitness part of the family fun. Take a walk after dinner, take a bike ride or have a dance party. Family time doesn’t have to be restricted to feasts and football. Invite your family to do a get moving with you.
Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
Have a healthy, happy season!