Decadent food, busy schedules packed with parties, shopping-induced stress and more decadent food: these things are not what the holidays are all about.
However, for most they often characterize the season and commonly present themselves as obstacles that make it increasingly difficult to maintain healthy habits.
Just because this time of the year can be a bit hectic, though, doesn’t mean your health and fitness goals will inevitably be put on hold until the New Year. Over the course of the holiday season there are small things you can do to make sure your healthy habits won’t fall by the wayside while also enjoying all of the fun treats that come around this time of year.
Eager to learn how you can effortlessly maintain your healthy habits all through the holidays? Here’s what a few experts recommend.
Don’t get too lax about your diet.
Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, R.D., nutrition consultant and co-founder of Bazilian’s Health in San Diego and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, suggests keeping your mindset focused on balanced eating habits that will keep your metabolism boosted. “Don't skip meals, but instead eat lighter portions consistently,” she explained. “Focus on the nutrient-dense but lower calorie fruits and vegetables on a regular basis to provide great nutrition, energy, vitamins and plant nutrients essential for metabolism, weight maintenance and good health. Holiday eating is as much about what you should eat as what you should limit. And how you start the day counts. For an easy on-the-go recipe, try this Organic Vanilla Millet Muffin.”
Remember, every bit of exercise counts.
“Keep up your exercise program, even if it's just 15 minutes a day,” Bazilian said. “Set reasonable goals and get your exercise regimen on the calendar as a commitment. Aim to maintain your weight, not to make any drastic reductions during the holiday season, that can often lead to frustration. Incorporate healthy nutritional support for your exercise and health.”