Well, the holidays are just about here! Which means eggnog, endless peppermint bark, and fruitcake if that floats your boat. But, if you are like me, and trying to navigate the holiday season with some food restrictions and a goal to still stay as healthy as possible, this season can be a little scary.
But here are a few tips to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals!
1) Drink PLENTY OF WATER
This one is a tip that I am not particularly good at, but I certainly can see and feel a difference when I do. (Especially when it comes to water weight.) For every alcoholic beverage you enjoy this holiday season (or ever) be sure to drink an additional 16 oz of water. This will help flush those toxins out of your body, leaving you less inflamed. So no red nose for you! This will also help with any kind of digestive issues you may encounter. So drink up! Cheers!
2) Get in Your Workout!
I always feel so much better after getting in my workout! I mean- have you ever gone for a run or hit up a workout class and thought "Well-that was a waste of time!" The answer is NO. So- take care of yourself by getting it in!
I prefer workouts like Pure Barre or running, but I always enjoy the class a little bit more. I always challenge myself in classes, whereas on runs by myself I tend to zone out. But regardless, wherever you are you can always squeeze in some kind of workout- be it in your hotel room, your own home, the neighborhood, or the gym, we can all get it in. All you need is 20 minutes or so to yourself and you can get it done.
Give yourself a few moments each day to catch your breath. It's important. I think this time of year we forget to really breathe. Ask yourself what that feels like in your body. Feel your breath rise and fall.
4) Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
Carve time out of your day to spend time with the ones you love- not just to give them a gift, but to really talk to them. Take them in.
5) Eat Well
This time of year can be difficult to make right food choices. I try to have the whole 80/20 rule. So 80% of my meals are relatively healthy. (So for me that means something that's a real food... so not processed. Then 20% of my meals- so say dessert might be a piece of dark chocolate or some other plant based treat, or a glass of wine.) I think it's important to give yourself a treat every day!