The holidays are truly the best time of year. It is great to spend time with family and friends, but it can be hectic. With stressful last minute shopping, tons of cakes and sweets at the parties you're attending or even pressures from family/friends/co-workers; all of these things could leave you in a rut. Whether your goal is to stay motivated through the holidays to exercise or to just not give in to your aunt's homemade cheesecake, read below for my tips to stay consistent through the holiday season...
1. Bring Healthy Foods You Love to Your Holiday Gatherings
If you know there are going to be certain foods at the affair you are attending, then bring your own! This way, you won't have to eat the unhealthy foods. For example, you can bring homemade tortilla chips and salsa made with oil-free tortillas or carrots and oil-free hummus. If it is a family event, and you feel comfortable to bring your own meal, then do it! I personally like to make a big batch of oil-free sweet potato fries or my Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli. That way, if anyone wants to it, there will be enough. Overall, just don't be ashamed of not wanting to eat what is being served at your gathering. Find a yummy recipe that you know is healthy, and bring it! Easy as that!
2. Get Sweaty
Although it is a busy time of year, that is not a valid excuse to miss your morning sweat session. Be sure to fit in exercise as much as you can. Even if it just going on a walk or doing a 10-minute circuit workout; Just fit it in! You will feel so much better and energized.
3. Don't Be Hard on Yourself
Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. Although they may not agree with your healthy lifestyle habits or ways of eating, don't let it get to you! Never feel guilty for not wanting a piece of your aunt's cheesecake. She may try and force it down your throat, but be strong and stay grounded. You could even make your own healthy dessert for people to try! It could even motivate your family to want to learn more about living a healthier lifestyle. Be proud of how far you have come, stay true to yourself and stay on track. Just because it is the holidays, does not mean it is time to throw all of your hard work out the window!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Nurition Health Coach dedicated to helping people live a happier and healthier life! Here you will find plant-based recipes, health tips, fitness exercises and more!