The holidays are approaching at Lightning McQueen speed, which means most people are incredibly busy, attending parties, family get-togethersw and consuming A LOT of food. One of the most challenging things that an individual can face during the holiday season is trying to maintain healthy habits when life is anything but routine. When life is crazy, routine could be the one thing that keeps the wheels turning or it could be as lost as a needle in a haystack. You may be thinking this is a bit preemptive, but if they are already selling Christmas decorations I figure it’s time to write a blog post on the holiday season!
Self-Care – First things first. When things get crazy, stress tends to creep up better than a ninja in a dark room and we can easily find ourselves getting off track. Be intentional with your self-care. If you know certain weeks are going to be super busy or stressful, block off down time. Literally put it on the calendar if you have to!
Exercise – Anytime we are busy it is easy to say, there just isn’t enough time to exercise…the holidays are no different. Get moving! Make exercise a priority. It doesn’t have to be your typical gym routine, go for a bike ride with your kids, get creative, but don’t become a holiday couch (sweet) potato!
Sleep – When we are exhausted we tend to make poorer choices….just think about it….when you are really tired do you slave in the kitchen over dinner or does the drive-thru down the street tend to win the battle??? Get adequate sleep. It will help you stay well, foster better decision making and keep you sane!
Food – If you know that you are going to a party where the food is going to be more in the “I can’t eat that” category than the “this is clean” category, bring your own grub. If that would be rude (obviously this would not be appropriate in every social situation, please use your brain) then eat right before you go and have an “emergency” snack in your bag or purse that you can discretely consume if the temptation of your grandfather’s pecan pie becomes more than you can bare (or is that just me??).
Plan – Always have a plan. Make some rules or set a few goals. Limiting your sweets, alcohol or just knowing the “okays vs the no ways” can be helpful.
Quantity – The other QC (quantity control)….you can eat as much meat and veggies as you want (quality is important..however I will save that topic for a later post). But if you cheat, watch those portions….in other words don’t let that one piece of pecan pie turn into 10 (what?? I really do like pecan pie! It is a little piece of heaven…)
Listen – If your body is having aversive reactions to food that you usually don’t eat, listen up! Let your body guide the process. Believe me; you will be grateful you did later…especially if you have to detox!
NO – You can always politely decline. Practice in the mirror if you must, but be prepared to say “no thank you.”
Alcohol – Party, party, party…and at many parties there is alcohol…I would personally use the rule of “don’t drink anymore than normal.” —if that rule won’t work for you, then give yourself a limit and don’t let a late night celebration turn into a regretful morning!
Enjoy – Last, but certainly not least, enjoy your time! Don’t be so stringent that you feel like a Scrooge….make a plan that works, one that you can feel good about and will allow you to enjoy the season!
How do you survive the holidays? Share your tips and Merry Thursday!