Healthy Habits for the Holidays

“When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but ten extra pounds, thighs, hips, and a rear!” – Unknown

 Hi Three to Five Tribe! ‘Tis the week before Christmas and all throughout the city everyone is starting to get giddy. #Iheartrhymes

You may be seeing tons of tips on how to stay on track with your health and wellness goals during Christmas and although I am not one to usually follow the crowd, I have a list of my own recos I want to share with you all!

Seven Tips for Staying Healthy during Christmas

Try to incorporate as many of these as you can to stay healthy and feel good during the Christmas holiday!

#1 Movement. The human body is meant to move, so find a way to do just that. Whether it is a quick 20 minute walk around the block in the morning or a full blown sweat sesh at a local studio, you will not regret finding a way to move your body. Traveler Tip: Do some research ahead of time and see what fitness classes are in the town you are traveling to for Christmas. Many fitness studios offer a complimentary class for first timers, so take advantage of being an out of towner and see what you can find for free!

#2 Multis. Continue to take your multivitamins. During Christmas you will most likely be indulging in rich foods and extra sweet treats while skipping your usual healthy staples, which is totally okay! Just make sure you are making up for those MIA micronutrients and come prepared with your daily multivitamins packed and ready to go. If you do not take a multivitamin, well what are you waiting for?!

#3 Hydrate. Remember to hydrate while you dehydrate! #shoutoutthomasrhett You can bet I will be popping bottles of bubbly and passing around the Pinot Noir, but I will also be hydrating like crazy. Nugget of Knowledge: Take your body weight in pounds and divide by two. That number is the amount of fluid ounces of water you should be drinking, at minimum, per day! Also, grab a glass of good ‘ole H20 in between each alcoholic beverage you enjoy. Believe me, your body will thank you later!

#4 Eat a Healthy Breakfast. Most Christmas festivities start in the afternoon and evening hours, so control what you can up until then. Start the day with a healthy breakfast of protein and vegetables. My go to is farm fresh eggs with spinach and/or kale mixed with mushrooms. #yum

#5 Eat fibrous foods. With all of the vino, refined grains, and sugary treats you will be enjoying, your digestive system is going to be incredibly confused. Do yourself a favor and eat some fiber. My favorites include sweet potatoes, chia seeds, and nuts!

#6 Wine not. I am not saying skip the vino entirely, but if you really are not feeling it, well then just say no! I celebrated the Christmas season this past weekend with TWO Christmas parties and did not have one drop of alcohol. #moreforyouthen Do not get me wrong, I enjoy a good glass of red every now and then, but I know my body and how good I feel when I do not drink, especially if I want to enjoy a sweet treat for dessert later. A double dose of sugar makes for double the trouble. #cuethesugarheadache I find it funny how almost everyone questions you when you politely pass on the wine and say, “No thank you I am good with water,” which is promptly followed by, “You aren’t drinking?” What gives people! When you say yes to wine, do you see me saying to you, “Oh you aren’t hydrating?” R.E.S.P.E.C.T people! #toeachtheirown Sober Sister Tip: I have actually started drinking my water from a champagne flute or wine glass to still make me feel fancy. #classybitch 

#7 Know what is worth it and not worth it. My biggest piece of advice is know what you deem “worth it” and “not worth it.” Specialty Christmas cake balls that you have once a year – worth it! Boxed Ritz crackers from the grocery store – not worth it! Or may be for you it IS worth it and that is totally cool, but avoid mindless munching on food just because it is there in front or you. If it is “not worth it” to you, then just say no. #noshameinthatgame Remind me how to determine worth it versus not worth it!

Try these tips this week as we await the main event aka Christmas and let me know how it goes! Perhaps you have tips of your own that you incorporate during the Christmas holiday. If so, please share below! #sharingiscaring

Have a happy and safe Christmas everyone!
Remember to eat, drink, (all in moderation) and be merry.

Live Healthy, Happy, & Fabulously,

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