The most common reason people make new year resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle is because the festive season preceding it is the season for indulgences. Staying healthy through the Christmas and New Year parties doesn’t mean you have to forego them. Here are a few tips for you to enjoy a healthy festive season.
1Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals is not advisable during this season. Not eating at the right times will only make you binge eat later. You will be more likely to snack on unhealthy food items between meals if you skip a meal. If you’re going to a dinner party, don’t skip lunch. Instead, you may want to eat a lighter lunch.
2Eat Before the Party
The Christmas table is always laden with feasts. If you’re hungry, it can be hard to resist the tempting pies, roasts, and gravies. To make portion control easier, fill up before your party. A healthy smoothie before you head out of the house can keep you satiated and make it easier to resist temptation. If you don’t feel like having a smoothie, you could have a bowl of granola instead. In addition to this, you can fight your temptations by staying as far away from the buffet table as possible.
Tasty food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. If you’re having a Christmas party at home, make this an opportunity to cook creatively. Bake instead of deep-frying, use olive oil instead of butter, etc. Replace salt with herbs and spices to flavor foods. You can also serve your friends with an assortment of healthy, home-made dips. Vegetable sticks with guacamole or hummus are great options.
If you’re attending a party, offer to bring something with you. This gives you and the other guests a few healthier options to choose from. A healthy appetizer, a salad or a fruit platter are options that you can make easily.
4Limit Your Alcohol
Drinking isn’t just unhealthy and dangerous for your liver; it also increases your tendency to snack on unhealthy foods. So, make an effort to limit your alcohol intake. If you’re having more than one drink, make sure you have a glass of water between drinks.
Telling yourself that you want to drop a dress size during the Christmas season is probably unrealistic. Working towards such a goal and not reaching it can demotivate you from working out. Instead, set realistic goals to stay fit. Go for a long walk every evening or try to incorporate activities into your Christmas party. For example, you could plan a scavenger hunt after lunch.
6Prioritize Your Workouts
Parties in this season typically turn out to be late-night affairs. It’s easy to get lazy in the morning and procrastinate about your workouts. Make your workouts a priority and find time for them. An easy way to fit them into your schedule is to work out early in the morning while everyone else is asleep.
7Ease Stress Levels
Though the season’s known for its festivities, it’s also a cause of a lot of stress. If you’re having a party at home, try not to worry too much about the food, the table settings, the décor, etc. What matters most is people coming together to celebrate the season. Your guests won’t really worry about the candles not being lit in time. Give yourself a way to release all of this stress. Go for a walk, have a long shower or play some music and dance along.
8Drink Plenty of Water
Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry, your body actually needs water? Dehydration is one of the common causes of overeating or binging on snacks. To stay healthy, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This keeps the body hydrated, keeps your skin healthy and lets you get better control over your diet.
A hello hug feels good but it’s an easy way to spread infections. To lower your risk of catching a cold or the flu, keep your hands clean at all times. You could also keep a bottle of antibacterial gel easily accessible so that your guests can stay protected too. If you’re feeling like you’re coming down with the flu, it’s better to stay home and miss one party than ruin the entire season.
By making smart choices during the Christmas and New Year festivities, you can enjoy all the celebrations without depriving yourself of anything. Happy Holidays!