How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

Nov 14

Happy Friday!  Somehow we are almost halfway through November…seriously, how has this happened?! Christmas commercials are playing and you know the Black Friday shopping deals are already online!  I guess I can’t deny it anymore–the holiday season is on its way!

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What, and Mar at Mar On the Run for the Friday Five!  The theme this week is Cold Weather Running Tips, be sure to check out everyone’s posts!  I recently wrote a post on cold weather running, so instead, I’m going to write about last week’s Friday Five theme:  How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays.

Prepare Healthy(ier) Dishes

If you have a family that cooks like mine does, there is no such thing as a “healthy” dish at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!  You’ve got rich, heavy sauces, lots of butter, and lots of sugar at every turn!  So if you’re responsible for a certain dish, try making some healthy substitutions.  For example, at last year’s Thanksgiving, I made sweet potatoes with Greek yogurt, and overall they were well received.  And Christmas I made Brussels sprouts  (yes, I’m that girl…haha).  But here’s my advice:  don’t advertise that your dish is healthy to the family…or you may have more leftovers than you wanted!

Dishes from last year’s Thanksgiving…check out those healthy sweet potatoes!

Watch Your Caloric Intake

You know you’re heading into a situation full of SO many delicious temptations, so you have to have a plan of attack ready.  Keep your portion sizes portion sized.  For example, one serving of turkey should be about the size of a deck of cards.  Go easy on the gravy.  And if you’ve got egg nog or punch at the table, limit the amount of glasses you have.  You can still enjoy all the fixings at your holiday dinner, but don’t make it your goal to feel as stuffed as a turkey by the end of the night!

Fit In Some Fitness

With the busyness of the holidays it may be hard to find time to take care of yourself, but don’t neglect!  Be sure to find time for your favorite fitness activities during this time of year, be it running, spinning class, or P90X.  It’ll also help with the potential guilt from indulging during the holidays.  Right now I am doing a 21 Day Yoga challenge at in preparation for the holidays.  It’s been great to get connected to yoga again…I’ve missed it terribly.  I’m also signing up for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day!  Why not burn a few hundred calories in the morning before the big feast that night?

One of the yoga videos I’ve been practicing!

Keep Yourself Accountable

Your friends and family can be your allies.  Let them know that your goal is to eat healthy, and they can slap your hand when you reach for seconds at the table!  I’m kidding…mostly.  Maybe you can even encourage them to re-evaluate their habits, if only for one day!

You may also like:  Weekly Meal Plan for 12/20/15

Manage Your Stress

Last but not least, it is so important to take care of your mental health as well!  Shopping for gifts, preparing for family visits, and getting your menu planned can be so stressful at this time of year.  Use whatever methods that work for you to manage your stress, be it by meditating, watching mindless TV shows, or hitting a punching bag!  Seek out help from a loved one if you’re feeling particularly troubled or overwhelmed.

A Few Blog Announcements!

I wanted to share that I’ve made a couple of tweaks to the blog.  You may notice I have a new header!  I first created this for the new Facebook page, and then after getting some advice I realized, “Duh, I can use that same header over here to help identify the blog better!”  So there it is, I hope you like it!  The other thing is that I now have social media buttons on the right sidebar of my home page!  Be sure to like and follow, and I’ll do the same!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Share in the comments: what are your surefire ways to avoid holiday temptations?

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