If you’re wondering how to eat healthy through the holidays, you’re not alone. Over the years, I’ve found that a handful of healthy habits are key to feeling good, even during the busiest, most stressful times. These healthy holiday tips will help you avoid holiday weight gain, while still enjoying yourself over the holidays. Here are the 5 healthy habits you should adopt this holiday season.
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Healthy Habit #1: Keep To Your Routines
The best thing you can do to stay healthy during the holidays is keep to your routines as much as possible. Keep up with the exercise routine that gives you energy and clears your head. Stick to the recipes and portion sizes that you know fill you with nutrition without overstimulating your system. And, importantly, don’t skip your self-care.
Your self-care routine might be getting out in nature everyday, it might be your exercise regimen, it might be baking with the music blasting, it might be reading a good book.
If the holidays season is usually tricky for you, I recommend trying out Silk + Sonder’s beautiful self-care journals. They are designed by a team of psychologists to look after your mental health and feature mood trackers, meal planners, habit trackers and more. Check them out here.
Healthy Habit #2: Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Are you wondering how to maintain your weight during the holidays? Eating smart during this time of year can be a challenge. You’re often surrounded by decadence and temptation! It’s important to be grateful for the abundance of this time, whilst still nourishing yourself with proper nutrition. You can enjoy the festive season and stay on track. One of the best ways to protect yourself from overindulgence is to ensure you prioritize a nourishing breakfast. Everybody is different, but what works great for me is starting the day with a vegan protein shake.
One of my favorite shakes is MacroMeal Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder from MacroLife, which comes in vanilla and chocolate. They taste great, even when just mixed with water. MacroLife is an excellent choice because their shakes boast 25g of vegan protein and an amazing superfood blend, which will keep you satiated and energetic for hours.
Healthy Habit #3: Safeguard Your Digestion
There’s likely been a few years where you’ve googled, ‘how to recover from holiday eating!’ More often than not the silly season equates to overeating. Accept that over the next few months you might eat more than your fair share a couple of times, but that’s okay! You can have a healthy Christmas by making mostly good food choices, prioritizing healthy fats and keeping your physical activity up. On the days I might be feeling a bit too full, I like to keep my secret weapon on hand. What is this secret weapon? Digestive enzymes!
Our bodies naturally produce enzymes to improve digestion, but when we’re under stress and as we get older, our natural levels of enzymes can decrease. This leads to digestive imbalances which means the all too familiar issues of gas and bloating. Flatter Me from Hum Nutrition are affordable, sustainably sourced and extremely effective. I love how they contain both enzymes that target fats, proteins and carbs, as well as calming herbs like peppermint leaf and ginger. Here’s what one of the 200+ five star reviews says:
I was having serious gastro issues after eating. TMI but nothing was moving! I did alot of research on digestive enzymes and how they could help. My research kept coming back to HUM and Flatter Me so I caved and bought it. Ive been using it for about two months now and it seriously has made such a difference for me! If you are having digestion issues this is your answer. – Victoria
Healthy Habit #4: Stay Hydrated
You’ve heard this advice before, but it bears repeating. Hydration is the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. Better yet, opt for sparkling water during festive occasions when you’ve had enough bubbly. This can also help keep your blood sugar in check.
Drinking enough water is important for so many reasons. It helps to flush your body of toxins, supports your kidneys, your digestion, and helps you feel alert and focused. I keep my hydro flask beside me at all times. It’s by my bed, beside my yoga mat, on my desk, in the car, at the dinner table. I literally can’t live without it!
If you find water a bit boring, teas are another healthy way to meet your body’s hydration needs and more. I love starting the day with green tea, which not only hydrates the body but has other amazing health benefits like anti-aging and immunity boosting properties.
Healthy Habit #5: Get Plenty of Sleep
We all know that good sleep, much like water and nutrition are essential ingredients to a healthy lifestyle. It can also play a vital role in weight control. But getting restful sleep is easier said than done, especially during the holidays. Having good bedtime routines, like meditation, yoga and reading are all excellent ways to wind down.
However, during the holiday season you often head to bed far later than usual, physically exhausted but with your mind on overdrive. On those nights, and whenever you need it, it helps to have a supplement on hand to help you relax naturally and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Melatonin supplements are everywhere, and it can be super confusing to figure out which one will work for you. I recommend Hum Nutrition’s Beauty Zzzz’s because it’s 3 vegan ingredients, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Melatonin help to promote a naturally restful sleep, without being addictive, or giving you a hangover the next day. Plus at only $10, it’s very affordable.
Thanks for reading 🙂 I hope these 5 healthy habits help you to navigate the abundance of holiday food with confidence. It is possible to avoid gaining a pound during the holidays!
Refresh: Eight Healthy Habits
My FREE eBook Refresh is a collection of eight healthy habits that I’ve picked up along my journey. Don’t worry, they’re not the usual ones you’ve heard before – we all know we should drink more water. Instead, these habits are lesser known and have seriously improved my life.
They’ve helped me reduce stress, be more productive and improve my mood.
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