Yes, that time of year is upon us when our routines and schedules get out of whack. There is more pressure with parties, events, family, shopping, cooking, planning, you get the idea. It can get a little chaotic, to say the least.
It’s important, especially now to take excellent care of yourself. Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you throw your workouts, or your healthy eating out the icy frosted window. Having consistency this time of year, will be sure to take you into the New Year feeling strong, accomplished and proud.
Sit down with your calendar for the whole month of December, and schedule your workouts in. I know there will be more obligations on your calendar than normal, but making the time to move your body for just 30-60 minutes will make a world of difference as you go through the hustle and bustle of this season.
Food is going to be another important factor in staying healthy too. Did you know more people get sick in January than any other time of year? And, the average holiday weight gain is anywhere from 5-15 pounds. That’s insane!
Sugar is everywhere, and it seductively calls us from every corner. As well as its partner in crime, alcohol. Both are immune depressants and deplete our life force energy. This party, that party, you could end up eating and drinking yourself into a constant hangover for the whole month of December if you’re not mindful.
Not only is exercising the key to staying healthy, it will be super important to have a plan with your food intake as you go through the holidays as well. Set a specific goal for yourself. Here are some ideas that are helpful:
- Set a goal to eat only a couple bites of sweets once per week. After three bites your pleasure center turns off anyway, and then you are just eating to eat.
- Cook the majority of your meals at home and eat in as much as you can. Plan those menus and get shopping.
- Have only one drink at your work holiday party instead of 4 or 5. This will ensure optimal health throughout this crazy month.
- Commit to the 90/10 or 80/20 rule of eating mostly whole, fresh foods and allowing the 10 or 20% for some holiday leeway.
Remember, you have a choice about what you put in your mouth. No one is forcing you to eat sugar and bad food or drink alcohol. And yes, you can still have fun without those things. You get to choose.
So, listen up; be constant and consistent with your healthy habits this holiday season and move into the New Year resolution free. Resolutions are just a set up for failure anyway. Be intentional about your actions and remain in alignment with your values around health and wellness. This will support you in feeling stellar all season long.