It's that time of year again, where dinner parties, gifts, candy, and desserts are all shared amongst family gatherings. The fall season is a joyous time to celebrate and enjoy each other's company, but it is also a time where many slip away from healthy habits and regular exercise. Even if you are traveling, working, or taking some time to yourself this holiday season, don't forget to continue caring for yourself. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips you'll want to hold onto even during the holiday season.
Eat in Moderation
Eating in moderation is an essential discipline in staying fit and keeping the body healthy. We know the holiday season brings you many options to eat great meals and all kinds of desserts with your family. The key to enjoying food and not avoiding it altogether is eating in moderation. Although there may always be leftovers and more than you can handle in one plate, be sure to listen to your body and overdo it. Be sure not to overeat or neglect your body of the nutrients and healthy moderation it needs.
Replace Unhealthy Foods
A great way to enjoy festive dinners and meals during the holiday is by substituting certain portions. You can mix in high protein foods, low carb recipes, and even incorporating a salad or vegetables can make all the difference. Replacing unhealthy foods for healthier options will help you enjoy yourself, those around you, and the great food recipes set aside for the holiday season.
We know this one may sound impossible to accomplish. You already have so much going on, and the holidays are right around the corner. Whether traveling or staying cozy at home this fall, be sure to incorporate regular exercise into your day. Going for a walk with a family member after dinner can help keep you motivated and keep your calories burning. We know the weather may deter you from going outside entirely, but when you get your blood pumping, you'll find a clear mind from the daily stressors and to-do lists of the holidays. You don't want to fall into a sedentary lifestyle during the holidays. Make sure you're taking care of yourself and getting daily exercise for your well-being.
Don't skip meals
Eating regular meals is essential during the holidays. Many people have a misconception about compensating for their calories and preparing for all the festive foods to partake in, and skipping meals in both unhealthy and not a solution to weight loss. Don't skip breakfast and lunch because you know a great meal is coming at dinner. This may make you overeat during your only meal of the day. Always be sure to eat in moderation and stay hydrated throughout the day to have the energy and nutrients that your body needs.
Get enough sleep
Lastly, at the end of each day, make sure you get enough sleep. We know the holidays can keep you running around all day without a chance to stop. You can get your to-do list done and still make time to give your body some rest. Sleeping allows your body and mind to refresh, especially when a lot is going on or if you are jet-lagged from travel. Be sure to incorporate sleep hygiene into your healthy habits this holiday season.