Who ate too many leftovers and Christmas treats this weekend? (Raises hand)
Even Monday and Tuesday I wasn’t eating the healthiest (hello leftover sweet potato casserole and sugar cookies) but I’m now resolved to use these holiday health tips to combat all of that great food this time of year.
Here are the ways that I’m planning on trying to keep my health goals the last month of the year.
Holiday Health Tips
- Pack protein: My plan is to have protein at least 3-4 times a day. That might seem excessive, but if I’m the least bit hungry I will go for the sweets. Two eggs in the morning, apples and peanut butter for a snack, extra chicken (or turkey) with lunch, and more protein at dinner! It helps keep you full, and helps to stop you from eating empty carbs.
- Increase your water intake: This is the perfect time for of year to really increase how much water you’re drinking due to the cold weather. My skin tends to get really dry, so I try to drink closer to 100 ounces of water. But don’t worry, it’s not normally just bottle after bottle of cold water! I really enjoy a hot cup of tea (TJs Harvest Blend, Green Tea and White Vanilla are my favorites) during the day and before I go to bed at night. Tea = water, so you can count that towards your ounces! It’ll keep you full, and your skin hydrated!
- Drink at least 8 ounces of water before eating anything.
- Have a water by your bed to drink right before bed or right when you wake up.
- Use a reusable water bottle that is at least 16 ounces, it makes me feel like I’m drinking more water.
- Order a water with your other drink at dinner and lunch!
- Follow the 1-2-3 rule: Getting all my fruits and veggies in is hard, and this time of year expensive. I love them fresh, but have been learning to like them cooked. After seeing Laura J at TedXBeacon Street, I decided to follow her 1-2-3 rule. Have one fruit or veggie in the morning, two at lunch, and three at dinner. Its a much more manageable goal and a really easy system to follow.
- Practice 80/20: Telling myself I absolutely can’t have something does not work for me. So for 80 percent of the time I eat clean and healthy but for 20 percent of the time I have a cookie or a couple french fries. Especially with a lot of my favorite foods being served this time of year, I get to enjoy my favorite things while still sticking to my goals.
- Get your vitamins in: This time of year is prime time for the flu. After being sick for almost three weeks this fall, I’ve been taking vitamin C and D every morning with my breakfast. I still really try to get my vitamins other ways, but knowing that I’m good to go just in case the day gets away from me.
- Go to bed 30 minutes earlier: We all get into the habit of staying up late, so why don’t we all make a pact to go to bed 30 minutes earlier the next couple of nights? Once you get back into your routine of going to bed early, you’ll continue you to do it! We all know the benefits, so let’s just try it tonight!
- Get outside on the weekends: Try to get out for a walk, or find some lights to go see at night! Walk to the store instead of driving, or go on a fun hike somewhere! That extra burst of fresh air is good for your, and might help with that extra cookie you had at 11 the night before.
I don’t think any of these are revolutionary, but they’re great reminders this time of year! The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body. If you need to leave a party early, or slow down on the spiked egg nog, please do! These holiday health tips are merely ideas and tips that I’m hoping to stick to!
What do you do to stay healthy this time of year? Any other advice!
P.S. Have you seen #FitTuesday with Kristen from The Wandering Brunette? Love this idea! (Even if I’m a day late!)