Stay On Track
I’m sure you read some sort of blog, news article, magazine blip about this daily. But sometimes I think it’s nice to hear from a real person, who you sort of “know”, how they “stay on track” during the holiday season.
Like me, you’ve likely gone out to a festive party, holiday dinner, or celebratory brunch with friends and family more than you typically would. You’ve likely found yourself reaching for “one more” to many glasses of wine, and dipped your finger into that cookie dough batter just enough times to but you on the edge of feeling totally ill and grossed out by cookies.
Well if you haven’t don’t worry. I’ve done enough damage for the both of us.
So what do you do to ensure you don’t totally derail your healthy habits?
Here are some things I practice as I personally navigate through the season.
- Drink More Water. I know it sounds really basic but it’s so important to reach for water. It helps fight dehydration that occurs after drinking alcohol, it can help control calorie intake, flush out toxins and keep our bowels regular. An easy thing to help keep you feeling your best. Every morning, before coffee, food, anything, I pour a giant glass of water and drink the entire thing.
- Bounce Back. So you stayed out later than normal, drank “festive cocktails”, and feel like you polished off an entire wedge of bree cheese and the Christmas cookie platter by yourself. We’ve all been there. Likely you’ve woken up feeling less than awesome. My biggest advice is not to fight how you feel. Acknowledge that you ate more calories than you’re used to, and then get back to your normal day of eating and exercise. I don’t advise skipping breakfast or trying to cut calories all day, as you’ll likely end up overeating at some point later in the evening from hunger and continued blood sugar imbalance. Eat your normal healthy breakfast, reach for a green juice or smoothie if possible, and make your normal healthy choices for the rest of the day. My favorite is a fresh juice of kale, apple, lemon and ginger. It will both taste and make you feel amazing.
- Stick To Routine. So i’m going to tell you something right now that you should try hard to believe. You’re not going to reverse all the hard work you’ve done since last New Years in these few weeks from a few nights of celebrating the season. If you maintain your normal eating habits (like mentioned above) throughout most of your days, if you stick to your workout plan as close as possible, and you listen to your body, you’re going to be just fine. Habits take time to form, so you’re recent “habit” of eating too much Christmas candy is not a true habit (yet), but you’re dedication to going to running every other day, or practicing yoga 3x a week is a habit. And it’s a habit you’ve probably worked on keeping for a while. So stick with it (as best you can). Even if it’s just for a walk with my family, I try and move at least once a day. Remember, habits are hard to form and easy to break. Don’t break this one.
- Don’t Deprive. This is the worst thing you could do. I’m a big believer in the “work hard, play hard” moto and I fully think it applies to our health during times like the holidays. You’ve got to let yourself enjoy. You’ve got to not stress about how much you indulged or how tight your pants “feel” the next days. And you’ve got to not “avoid” those yummy eats and treats. The more you think about things like this the harder it’s going to be to feel like you can “overcome” the temptation. Be thankful for friends and family, for holiday laughs and cheer. Reach for a bit of everything you desire, in moderation, and if you do splurge a little remember, spandex are thankfully in style.
Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy holiday.
Cheers to you and yours!