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Finding Balance: Enjoying Christmas Treats While Staying Healthy

KAWARTHA LAKES-Holiday party season is upon us and whether you are a seasoned fitness guru or new to the whole healthy-eating thing, we can all use a little reminder of how to enjoy the indulgences of the holidays without starting January 1 feeling heavy and bloated. 

Here are a few tips on how to enjoy Christmas treats while staying healthy and feeling great: 

  1. Don’t Go Hungry

    Heading to a party or pot luck? Don’t go hungry! While it is very common to want to “save your calories” for the big meal, a smarter strategy is to “crowd out” before hand. Fill up of hydrating foods like a healthy soup, fruits and vegetables before heading out and you won’t feel as tempted by every little thing on the food table. No time to prepare beforehand? No worries! Most pot lucks have some kind of fruit or veggie option. Try to fill up on a plate of healthy stuff before grabbing for the richer options.  
  2. Bring a Healthy Dish

    If there are no healthy options available-be the healthy option! Be the one who brings the crudités and hummus, the big healthy salad, or the veg option at the party. Many people are health conscious and are looking for a healthier option. At the very least, you know you have one really good option before indulging in the other less-healthy options.
  3. Keep Up with Your Movement Routine

It is critical to keep up with your exercise routine over the holidays! While it might be tempting to skip workouts and start over in the New Year, you’ll feel much saner if you keep moving throughout the holidays. Exercise releases feel-good hormones, works up an appetite for those big meals, gets your lymphatic system moving so you can detoxify, and can be such a fun way to get social with friends in a healthy way. Don’t start over January 1st-continue with all the progress you’ve made in 2019! 

4.  Enjoy Your Indulgences

Everyone has a favourite holiday cookie, or a very special treat their Grandmother makes only at Christmas, or a special meal that they enjoy with family. Give yourself permission to enjoy these meals and treats in a mindful way. A lot of people associate guilt with eating indulgent foods, however, I do believe that food being a huge part of the way we socialize and bond with each other, can be a form of self-care. Don’t feel like you need to deprive yourself of the things you truly enjoy-and really savour them!

5.  Hydrate!

If you have overindulged, make sure you hydrate. Flood your system with fresh, clean water and you are guaranteed to feel better. The holidays are a time when people are eating a lot and drinking a lot, so don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay feeling energized and to avoid sluggishness. 

The holidays are a time to get social, have fun and make memories, but you’ll feel a lot better afterwards if you make a few small efforts towards a more balanced approach to holiday eating. Enjoy your parties! Don’t forget to visit us at www.sweathappywellness.com for more information. 

Becky Sheehey is a Holistic Health Coach, and a Pilates and Movement Expert with a background in Kinesiology. She lives in Lindsay.

photo credit: ahknight Christmas Cookies via photopin (license)

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Becky Sheehey
Becky Sheehey
Becky Sheehey is a Holistic Health Coach, and a Pilates and Movement Expert with a background in Kinesiology. She lives in Lindsay.

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