Ahhh…It’s almost Christmas. And you know what that means–most of us tend to forgo our dietary goals in lieu of the Holiday season and promise ourselves: I’ll start after the New Years–promise!
I find it incredibly difficult during this time to stay very active and eat clean when it’s cold outside and am in the Christmas spirit. Something about these festive times tempt me to bake enough pies to feed 3 families and skimp out on the gym. My excuse? I don’t want to take my son out in the cold! Not a very good excuse at all. There’s a reason coats were invented.
With this being said, I want to offer my best tips on how we can all maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit during the holidays. Check them out!
Top Tips on Healthy Living During the Holiday Season:
Have at least one-two green smoothies or juices a day. This will ensure healthy digestion–even if you do “cheat” and have comfort foods, you won’t eat as much because you’ll feel sustained (especially a green smoothie) for a few hours. For my signature smoothie recipes, check out my Instagram. For even more delicious, healthy recipes, check out www.aloha.com/shop/recipes .
Drink at least half your body weight of ounces of water a day. That means if you weigh 140 lbs, you’ll need at least 70 oz of water. I always aim for 100 oz a day even though I’m about 140. The extra hydration aids in (again) healthy digestion which is a key component in weight loss/maintenance. (Not to mention a glowing complexion!)
Stay active! It may be daunting to go to the gym when you’re off of work–it’s already dark and freezing in most places! If that’s the case, try a home workout. I have many on my Youtube, and there are hundreds of others you can do in 20 mins in the comfort of your own home. Win win?
- If you’re cooking, try to substitute certain ingredients in your food–it’ll still taste good, but will digest easier and promote a healthier weight. For instance, I always swap white pasta for whole grain, I cook with tons of vegetables, swap out vegetable oil for coconut oil, and buy organic as often as possible. If you’re making pies? Whole grain crust and sweeten with agave instead of sugar.
6. Allow yourself some comfort foods! All in moderation The key is finding balance. Will I have some red wine? Yes. Will I have a slice of dessert? Probably. But I won’t eat what I eat on Christmas everyday leading up to Christmas. Social eating, especially in familial situations, can be very pressuring. Try sipping tea if you are full to avoid the temptation to keep eating. And don’t let anyone pressure you into stuffing yourself silly!
For more tips that I offered on KRQE for Thanksgiving, check out the video below. Happy Holidays!