Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Survival Guide for the Holidays

Christmas has a way of sneaking up on you. The hustle and bustle adds stress and takes atoll on your health and well-being. When it is all said and done, you are partied out, have sampled dozens of cookies and pies, and are feeling frazzled.

With Christmas around the corner, I have complied my holiday tips together along with 2 fun and quick workouts to create a holiday survival guide to help you survive the holiday hustle and bustle.

Also, you can read more about 10 Ways to "Take 10" for Healthy Holidays here.

While celebrating in the Christmas festivities, take time to warm your belly with homemade peppermint hot chocolate and clean eating whipped topping. Nothing says Christmas like peppermint and hot chocolate! Looking for more holiday recipes, try my Healthier Holidays Sampler that can be downloaded as a PDF to your computer.

Tips 1 & 2

Don't forget to take care of your health.Taking care of our health can help decrease the holiday slump, extra weight gain, and stress that the season brings along with it. Give your self a gift this year by making your health a priority. Instead of baking cookies or candy for co-workers, friends, or family, try making other homemade goodies so you wont be tempted to nibble while baking, or try making healthier edible gifts such as roasted nuts. 

Do what you can do. It all adds up and every little bit counts. No time to go to the gym or fit in a full workout, try a fun circuit workout such as this one. Repeat it 2-3 times throughout the day or break up the circuit while cooking dinner, doing laundry, or wrapping presents. Stretch between your tasks, do some jumping jacks when the cookies are in the oven, or do calf raises while brushing your teeth. Just try to do something.

Or try this workout if watching the Grinch with your family. 

Workout from heandsheeatclean
Tip 3:

Never leave home without a protein packed snack. Traveling, shopping, and running errands during the holidays can increase chances of ordering fast food, skipping meals, or falling prey to the sweet aroma of Cinnabon. Choose foods made with real ingredients to energize and fill you up until meal time. On-the-go high-protein snacks such as portable peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a "healthy" or homemade protein bar, string cheese, or a protein shake can help you feel full and satisfied. Better yet, have a snack before you even leave the house. Hummus with veggies and pita bread, half a sandwich, or some Greek yogurt are great options.

Tip 4:

This may may hurt you in the long run! Not eating can cause you to want to binge at the party. Low blood sugar which also raises your cortisol levels. Raised levels cause you to crave sugary,fatty, and salty foods. Instead of saving up on your calories, nibble on healthy snacks like nuts, raw veggies, and fruit throughout the day to keep you from binging at Christmas parties or giving into less than healthy snacks during the day.

Tip 5:

Rest is important. Make sure you listen to your body! It can get crazy busy and stressful. Try to get a good nights sleep of at least 6-7 hours. Rest or take naps when you need to. Lack of sleep or rest can be harmful on your immune system. Our immune systems are already vulnerable this time of year. Added stress, no sleep, and lots of sugary treats can knock you down, cause you to feel sluggish and cranky, or depressed.

Christmas time can be a wonderful time of year if you don't neglect to take care of your health or get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Here's to surviving the holidays!


  1. Great tips! Hope your holiday season flies by with no stress at all :)

    1. Thank you Kristen! There is stress indeed but these definitely help me keep my composure :)