How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! With the day coming to a close, I thought I would share a few tips on staying healthy during the upcoming holidays. Since Thanksgiving is the actual holiday to overeat, I figured I would give you guys a break and share after you ate all 👏 the👏 food 👏. I hope you love all these tips! What are your tips on staying healthy? Let me know in the comments below 💕

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1- Plan out your meals in advance

It’s always easy to have a healthier breakfast/lunch/dinner when it’s all planned out. Right a list of some healthy but tasty recipes and get the ingredients first thing in the week. Get everything you’ll need for the week, that way you won’t need to run to the grocery store too! For some recipe inspo, click here.

2- Give yourself a break

The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and feast eat. Which means, you don’t totally have to cut out everything. Eat a triple-chocolate brownie with frosting or a burger from In-n-Out to stay sane and have fun during the holidays!

3- Work out only when it goes along with your schedule

During the summer and fall, I try to work out 6 times a week. However, once it gets to the holiday season, I like to spend my evenings watching Christmas movies or going to holiday parties! Which means, I don’t get as much time to work out. I made a realistic goal a few weeks ago to work out a minimum of 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri). Super realistic and it works with my schedule. I’d say work out a minimum of twice a week, and try to figure out the best time that you are available (maybe the days when you rarely have anything going on).

4- Have fun and get creative with your workouts

Since we’re talking about working out, get creative with your workout routine! I love doing hot yoga during the winter since it gets so cold in Wisconsin (the best way to warm up) and it’s such a perfect de-stresser I would highly recommend yoga! Another fun workout is zoomba.

5- Stay hydrated

Perhaps the most obvious way to stay healthy is to drink lots and lots of water. I often found it hard to drink 50 oz. a day, but I got a cute water bottle and carried it around with me. With the winter coming, tea is another great option!

6- Bless up, rest up

Staying rested during the holidays is crucial! Just like drinking lots of water, getting enough rest is also really important. With all the (possible) stress that can surround the holidays, we sometimes end up only getting 4-6 hours a night which is a big no-no (aim for 8+ hours a night). Trust me, you’ll notice a huge difference.

7- Limit your treat intake

I am a sugaraholic, I love eating sugary treats (cue 2 pounds of fudge). A little bit of sugar is totally fine, but eating all the treats in site is not the best idea! And, you definitely won’t feel too great. I limit how many desserts I eat to 4-5 times a week, but if you’re not quite as a sugar-lover as me, I’d suggest 2-3 desserts a week!

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31 Comments

  1. 11/25/2016 / 10:15 am

    Great tips! Meal planning is essential to my ability to stay on track and when it comes to exercise, general rule of thumb for me is move everyday. Thankfully I am not wooed by the sugar, but give me a loaf of French bread any day!! Now I’m hungry🙈!

  2. 11/25/2016 / 4:24 pm

    What great tips! Working out is such an essential for me so I make sure I do it by scheduling classes in advance!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  3. 11/25/2016 / 5:10 pm

    Such great tips! Finding creative ways to workout is hard for me! I get bored so easy!

  4. 11/25/2016 / 5:17 pm

    Such great tips, for me finding creative ways to workout is key!

  5. 11/25/2016 / 6:12 pm

    Great tips! It’s so essential to be gentle with yourself, especially this time of year.

    Nicole | GenTwenty

  6. Shane
    11/25/2016 / 6:22 pm

    Ah I need to try hot yoga, great idea! I’m still feeling the thanksgiving bloat so this was helpful!

  7. 11/25/2016 / 11:31 pm

    This is sooo important – such great tips girlfriend! Staying hydrated helps SO much, I drink so much water on a daily basis luckily and it’s super helpful during the holidays!

  8. 11/26/2016 / 1:03 am

    Great ideas! Sweets are so addicting for me too… it gets so hard to limit myself during the holidays 🙂

  9. 11/28/2016 / 1:53 pm

    These are such great tips!! Stay hydrated – is prob the most important, considering its the season to drink n be merry 🙂

  10. 11/28/2016 / 3:40 pm

    Oh I love this post. I am totally sharing this with my readers.

    • Lydia
      11/28/2016 / 4:05 pm

      Glad you liked it, Jessica! Share away 😘

  11. 11/29/2016 / 11:42 am

    I honestly need this motivation especially concerning food intake. I’m starting PIIT28 soon so I’ve gotta start making better habits!

  12. nicole
    11/29/2016 / 3:40 pm

    It’s definitely not easy! I make sure to eat healthy before hand.
    ClassToCloset

  13. 11/29/2016 / 4:01 pm

    Rest is so important during the holidays and I’m always a fan of a quick power nap!

  14. 11/29/2016 / 4:13 pm

    So many great tips! It’s so important to try to keep healthy during the holidays.

  15. 11/29/2016 / 5:40 pm

    Such a great post! I hit the gym every day over the long Thanksgiving break and was proud of myself! Increasing water is such a necessity too!

    Mindy II AMIXOFMIN.COM

  16. 11/29/2016 / 7:19 pm

    I always get a small plate to limit my serving sizes! It’s all about portion control! These tips are great too 🙂

  17. 11/30/2016 / 9:10 am

    These are such great tips, I am such a sugar-holic too so I really need to watch my deserts this time of year! The only good part about moving half-way across the country from my family is that there aren’t a lot of treats for me to eat unless I make them!
    xx

  18. 11/30/2016 / 10:28 am

    These are great tips. I totally agree that staying hydrated during holiday season helps me keep healthy. By drinking so much water, I am also able to better gauge if I’m actually hungry or if I’m just thirsty.

  19. Alex
    11/30/2016 / 10:41 am

    Love this post, staying healthy during the holidays is soooooo important!

  20. 12/01/2016 / 9:24 am

    I’ve got vacation right before Christmas so I’m taking any + all measures to make sure I don’t over indulge this year so I loved reading your tips! learning that a lot of it has to do w/ balancing work outs when you have the time, getting the right nutrients + water that your body needs, and portion control w/ the comfort meals + desserts. x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

  21. Shane
    12/01/2016 / 3:35 pm

    I’ve been trying to work on my health and fitness goals before the new year. Thanks for the tips for staying successful during the holidays!

  22. Shane
    12/01/2016 / 3:35 pm

    I’ve been trying to work on my health and fitness goals before the new year. Thanks for the tips for staying successful during the holidays!

  23. 12/06/2016 / 8:58 pm

    I think I need a separate blog post on how to limit my treat intake! It’s so hard this time of year especially! I legit had chocolate for breakfast this morning (ah!) lol — great ideas though! xx http://www.heartofchic.com

  24. 01/15/2017 / 10:55 am

    Everyone enjoys the holiday season. However, it is extremely important to stay healthy during this time!

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