how to make it through the holidays in a healthy way

How To Make It Through The Holidays In A Healthy Way

Are you worried about still making healthful decisions over the holidays and wondering how to make it through the holidays in a healthy way?

Regardless of the time of the year, your body still needs a few key things: proper nutrition, adequate amounts of exercise and sleep, as well as manageable stress levels. It is easy to find ourselves making the excuse that the holidays are a time to indulge. If we do this, we might end up throwing all our good habits and health goals right out the window.

But, the holidays don’t have to be this way. There are ways to enjoy the holidays and still stay healthy. Your body still needs nutrition. Your body still needs movement and activity. Keep these things in mind and you will be proud of the healthy choices you have made throughout the holidays once they are over.

How To Make It Through The Holidays In A Healthy Way

Here are three tips for making it through the holidays in a healthy way.

Have a protein packed breakfast each morning

Have a protein packed breakfast every morning, especially on the days of a big holiday meal. Good sources of protein include eggs, Greek yogurt and of course meat. 

Starting your day with a meal full of protein helps to steady your appetite as the day goes on. This helps you to avoid uncontrollable hunger later in the day. Otherwise you might be tempted to reach for unhealthy sweets or snacks just in an attempt to stay full. 

If you decide to start your day with cereal for breakfast, beware! This causes a rise in blood sugar, followed by a crash and then you will be hungrier as the day goes on. So, pack your breakfast full of protein.

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Stay in tune with your workout routine

If this seems difficult to do on the days when you have family activities going on, grab a few people after the big meal and go for a walk around the neighborhood. You’ll be enjoying exercise and quality time together as a family, while still maintaining some physical activity.

[Related article: The 3-Minute Holiday Workout To Stay On Your Fitness Schedule]

Keep stress under control

We often underestimate the toll that stress can take on us and our health. With added obligations, family demands, shopping, and bills, the holidays seem to only add to our stress. 

Make sure to keep taking care of yourself. Get the proper amount of sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Set your priorities and realize what you need to do versus what you can let go of. Or, ask for help where you need it during this busy time.

[Related article: How To Deal With Holiday Stress]

Learning how to make it through the holidays in a healthy way is so important for many reasons. It only takes a few days off from your healthy routine, and a few bad decisions, to set the stage for more to come. Practice good self-discipline and you will learn how to make it through the holidays in a healthy way.

If your plan after the holidays is to get a healthy start to the new year, you may benefit from working with the expertise offered by a physical therapist. 
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