Healthy Holiday Habits

Healthy holiday habits

Holy Chic Pole Fam!

The holidays have arrived in full force.

With so much to celebrate during this time of year many of us often forget to take care of ourselves. Between traveling, preparing, working, spending time with family and the actual events themselves, it is easy to fall into some not-so-great habits that may make that second piece of pie a little less worth it.

To give you some suggestions, I have come up with some strategies I use to stay energized and healthy (-ish) during this festive season, while still indulging in all the wonderful pleasures the holidays have to offer such as candied sweet potatoes and After Eight Mints; but that might just be me.

Sneak in exercise as often as you can, any way you can.

Obviously, the more exercise the better during the holidays. Not only are we eating unusually larger meals with a larger variety of items during the holidays, we are also eating them more often and many of these recipes feature rich ingredients. Butter, sugar, lard, and many other ingredients are what cause many of us to see negative changes in our bodies this time of year.

To combat this I am planning to hit the studio as often as I can between holiday commitments. Booty Barre, Cardio Hoop and TRX (and obviously pole!) are all great full body workouts that feature both strength and cardio exercises. There is also a few open practice times available through the holidays for a little bit of flexibility for your very busy schedule. When I can’t get to the studio I plan on stretching at least every other day, if not every day at home. Failing to stretch for a prolonged period during the holidays could result in a reversal of flexibility progress for and though stretching is only a low impact form of exercise, at least I’m getting off the couch! Stretching is also a great stress reliever (which for some of us, is necessary during the holidays). If you challenge yourself to stretch this often, you’ll have a bendy start to the new year.

To incorporate more opportunities to get moving, this year we have planned to go skating in Victoria Park when the family comes to visit and have planned “Reindeer Games” and a Rock Band tournament for the kids (Feel free to take these ideas!) If you’re doing an activity together instead of simply watching the television, the whole family is less likely to start snacking out of boredom. Plus, playing with the kids is awesome. No kids around? No problem. Take a walk after dinner or to an event in the city (especially if this mild weather keeps up!). In the end, whether its sneaking in a workout, walking, twerking or playing Rock Band, do as much as you can to just get up and move!

Yoga Pants + Holiday Dinners = <3

Nom nom nom, I love food. But really, who’s favourite part of the holidays isn’t the delicious food? It’s so easy to over-eat during the holidays leaving you in a food coma on the couch and your stomach in knots. For the actual meals, I start by drinking a full glass of water before eating to help me stay full. Keeping hydrated is something I struggle with regularly, so I try aiming for two litres of water a day. I make it easier to control my portions by using a smaller plate and by taking smaller portions of each item the first time around the buffet table. (You can always go back for seconds!) Speaking of seconds, I try wait between my first plate and second to give my stomach a chance to process and to decided if I am actually hungry still.

While eating your glorious feast, take your time. Slow down to enjoy the meal and the people around you. This will result in feeling fuller, faster. Try to space your drinks during the holidays too as we know how many empty calories that alcoholic beverages have. As well, alcohol prevents the body from being able to reabsorb water as easily, meaning you can become dehydrated very quickly. Try to drink a glass of water between each of your alcoholic ones and you’ll be thankful for the milder hangover in the morning. When it comes to dessert, you could opt to split a dessert with someone else or choose fruit instead. But, in all honesty, I am probably just going to eat the dessert.

As far as snacking goes, you’ll make your life a lot simpler by preparing some healthy snacks ahead of time, especially if you have plans to travel. Cut veggies and hummus, nuts, pretzels, and popcorn are all easy snacks for at home and on the go. By doing this, you can avoid unnecessary eating out especially during your busy days. (It will help save you money too!) Prepping slow cooker meals for dinners can also help you make healthier choices when you are short on time.

#TreatYoSelf

Remember, these suggestions are mostly about balance, instead of abstaining or eliminating the things you love about the holidays. No matter what you’re celebrating, focus on those around you and being in the moment. And if you do end up having that extra piece of pie, who cares? The new year is only a few weeks away!

Do you have any tactics or suggestions to add? Share them with us in the comment section.

-Emily

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