Stay Healthy and Happy This Holiday Season

Last night was the final Get Your Healthy Back nutrition seminar of 2015. In this holiday edition, I shared many tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays. It may feel like it’s best to wait until January to take action when it comes to your health, however I encourage you to make small changes over the next couple of weeks in order to start off 2016 with momentum and feeling great!

Gratitude Tip: Our health is our most important asset. And we so often take it for granted. The biggest challenge when it comes to our health? No amount of money can buy it back once we’ve lost it. Start today with gratitude for your body, no matter where you are in your wellness journey. Celebrate every step you take towards a healthier lifestyle. Look at yourself in the mirror and show gratitude for all of your body parts, especially the ones you cannot see, that keep your heart beating, your blood flowing and your cells nourished and oxygenated.

 

Ready to take action today? Here are my 8 Tips to Get Your Healthy Back for the Holidays.

Stunning December Weather

Stunning December Weather

1.Stick to your fitness routine. If you already have a regular workout schedule, keep it going as much as possible over the next three weeks. Taking 2 weeks off can undo all of the hard work you’ve done all year. And get outside as much as possible. We’ve had a mild start to the winter here in Southern Ontario so it’s easy to breathe in the cool late fall air daily.

2. Take some time to rest. Do you have a few extra vacation days that cannot be carried over? Use them! This is not the time of year to burn yourself out at work. For most people, family time is most important in December, so take those extra days and give your family the gift of your time.

3. Keep up your bedtime routine. Don’t have one? Check out this post for tips on how to create a healthy bed time routine that will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you’re travelling, take along your pillow if possible and ear plugs with a sleep mask. And don’t forget your melatonin! I use Pure Rest from USANA nightly, especially when I’m travelling over different time zones.

Sense Intensive Hand Therapy_US4. When it come to our skin, it’s important to protect our hands and face from the cold. Use gloves as often as possible (mini ones are on sale at Fortino’s right now!) and make sure you’re using a paraben-free and chemical-preservative free hand cream and daily moisturizer. Remember that your skin is hydrated from the inside out, so drink lots of water (approx 2 L daily) to keep your skin from drying out. It can be a challenge to drink water when it’s cold outside, try hot water with freshly squeezed lemon and a bit of fresh ginger to warm you up.

5. Holiday Party? Make sure you don’t arrive on an empty stomach. Have a snack before you leave the house (I’m a big fan of the Berry Nutty bars from USANA) or something as simple as an apple with almond butter. That way you’re not having your first drink on an empty stomach or filling up on appetizers. Avoid eating standing up, as when we do that, we have no idea how much we’ve eaten. And for every glass of alcohol, have a least one glass of water or sparkling water.

6. Buffet style meal? Grab a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate. Every noticed how we will fill up the plate no matter what size it is? Start with a small plate, so that even if you go back for seconds, you’ll still have eaten less than if you started with a huge plate. Ask your host for a small plate if they aren’t out on the table. Sometime we have to be an advocate for our own well-being by speaking up.

7. Be mindful of what you are putting in your mouth. Does the third sugar cookie taste as good as the first? Usually not. Enjoy the first cookie by slowing down, chewing it and savoring the experience. Slow down and put your fork down between bits. Take time for conversation during shared meals. Enjoy creating connections.

8. Set yourself up for success if 2016. Many of us will set New Year’s Resolutions and some of us will set goals for the next year and create a vision for the next 3-5 years over the holidays. Set yourself up for success by paying attention to how you are treating yourself during the holidays. If you go off track for a meal or a day, forgive yourself and get back on track the next day.

What are your tips for staying happy and healthy this season? What did I miss?

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