Holidays present many opportunities to gather with family and friends, changing our regular schedules and day-to-day habits. Long hours and endless events can make staying healthy during the holidays more challenging than usual. Check out these ways to enjoy the festive season while staying on track with your health and nutrition goals.
1. Plan Your Holiday in Advance
Plan a strategy ahead of time when family members bring dishes for potlucks or buffet-style meals. If the meal happens later than your typical schedule, eat a small snack to keep your blood sugar steady and eat a little less at lunch or dinner. If you go to a party, bring a healthy dish so you know you have a nutritious meal option.
2. Opt for Homemade Meals
Premade foods, such as canned and processed items, are often filled with excess salt and sugar. Making foods from scratch, like your own cranberry sauce or cream of mushroom soup, can be as easy as a few minutes of stirring before you let your meals simmer in a pot. When possible, choose to cook to have more awareness and control of the ingredients you consume.
3. Strategize Your Nutrition Plan
Remember to take supplements, such as vitamins, based on your nutrition plan. Aim to eat a healthy, well-balanced snack every two to three hours and consume one or two meals with protein and veggies. Make your plate colorful with fruits and vegetables at a buffet, and choose a couple of holiday favorites to enjoy. Slow down and savor your servings, listening to your body if you feel full.
4. Remember to Hydrate
Finish a glass of water with each meal or snack to stay hydrated. You can also fill a reusable cup or drinkware and take sips while traveling to your family’s house or an event. If you’re hosting, ensure you pause to drink and refill your cup as needed while preparing meals and activities.
5. Add Exercise to Your Calendar
While scheduling a holiday with your household, dedicate some time for exercise. For example, walking outside after a meal can improve your digestion, and quiet time to de-stress can aid your mental health.
6. Stick to Your Sleep Schedule
Aim to schedule hangouts earlier in the day to keep your sleep schedule consistent and feel less tempted to stay awake later at night. Going to bed at a regular time and getting a consistent amount of sleep can help you feel refreshed and energized. When you feel good, you’ll be able to make better decisions regarding your eating and exercise habits.
7. Take Time for Yourself
Set aside time from family and friends during the holidays to recharge. Take a break from attending social gatherings and events for at least five to 10 minutes of quiet and solitude each day. Pause to meditate, focusing on your breathing until you feel centered and calm. If needed, take a nap to gain more energy.
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