The holidays are wonderful, albeit exhausting. With parties, family commitments, shopping, decorating, baking, and maybe shoveling (eek!), it’s no wonder that many of us live on cookies and eggnog this time of year, and skip our morning Pilates video in favour of a few more minutes of shut eye. But as important as it is to keep these commitments to our friends and family, it’s equally as important to keep the commitments that we’ve made to ourselves.  Here are 3 easy ways to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle this holiday season:

  1. Plan your workouts
    With all the coordinating you’re doing to organize the holidays, a great way to stay on track with your workout routine is to plan ahead.  Don’t just rely on ‘finding some time’, schedule yourself in! And better yet, use this time to ‘unplug’ from the world. Keep your phone in the locker and use a separate iPod just for music if that’s what it takes.  Use this time to calm your mind and avoid stress such as your emails popping up on your phone screen every 30 seconds.
  2. Prepare your Veggies
    It may sound simple, but prepping your fruits and veggies as soon as you’re home from the grocery store is a fantastic way to make eating health as turn-key as possible:
    Pre-wash and dry your lettuces, break them into bite size pieces and store them in a container in the fridge to make salads easy.
    Pre-wash and pre-slice your snacking veggies such as carrots, broccoli and peppers to make them easy to grab and go.
    Prep your smoothie ingredients in advance to make them super quick to throw in the blender in the morning.
    All of these little extra efforts will make it easier for you to stay on track with healthy eating, and avoid the temptation to dip into the shortbreads for a quick pick-me-up.
  3. Enjoy your Favourite Holiday Treats
    There are certain traditions that can’t be avoided during the holidays; eggnog, pumpkin pie, fruit cake… everyone has a holiday favourite, enjoy them! Take time to savour each bite and take pleasure in the moment.  Don’t eat them so quickly that you’re craving another slice as soon as you’re finished.  Also, there is always an excess of junky food around at this time such as chips, cookies, and waaay too much cheese.  While you should allow yourself to eat your favourites, this is no excuse to sit around eating an entire sleeve of chocolate chip cookies.  Plan what you’ll indulge in, and stop there.

We hope these tips will help inspire you to think up some more easy ways to put your health first this holiday season.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

From our family to yours,

The IHH Team