by Jamaal McCoy, Owner, Prescott Fit Body Boot Camp
Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be a struggle.
With the right mindset and some simple strategies, you can still enjoy all the holiday festivities while keeping your health in check.
Instead of viewing this season as an excuse to overindulge, think of it as an opportunity to maintain your health and wellness. This mindset shift can help you make better choices and stay on track with your health goals.
Manage portion sizes. With all the delicious food around, it’s tempting to fill our plates and go for seconds (or thirds). But this can quickly lead to overeating and feeling sluggish. Instead, fill half of your plate with vegetables, a quarter with protein and a quarter with carbs.
Look for healthier alternatives to your favorite dishes, such as using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or swapping mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower.
As you know the holiday season is notorious for sugary treats like cookies, cakes and pies. While it’s OK to indulge in moderation, it’s important to be mindful of your sugar intake. Too much sugar can lead to energy crashes and unwanted weight gain.
Try to limit your sugar intake by choosing healthier alternatives or only having small portions of your favorite treats.
Drinking enough water is crucial for our health, yet it’s easy to forget during the holiday hustle and bustle. Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle and sipping water throughout the day. This can also help you feel fuller and avoid overeating.
Lastly, remember to be kind to yourself.
It’s OK to have some indulgences during the holidays, and it’s essential not to beat yourself up over them. Focus on overall healthy habits rather than perfection, and you’ll find staying healthy during the holidays is more manageable than you thought.
Remember, staying healthy during the holidays is all about balance and moderation. With these tips and tricks in mind, you can enjoy this festive season while still taking care of your health.
Prioritize self-care, practice portion control, stay active and you’ll be on your way to a happy and healthy holiday season. So go ahead, enjoy that slice of pie or sip on a cup of hot cocoa, knowing that you’re taking care of your mind and body during this special time of year.