How to have Healthy Holidays!

I know everyone gets a little nervous around the holidays about their health with all the parties, and dinners, and drinking… but do not fear!

Did you know that the average person only puts on about 1-2lbs over the entire holiday season? That’s nothing! That can be gone within a week after Christmas once you resume healthy eating. So– DO NOT STRESS AND ENJOY THE FOOD AND CELEBRATIONS PLEASE!

But if you want to avoid that weight gain all together, or just feel a little cuter in your little black dress on New Years Eve- here are few super simple tips that will keep you feeling amazing all the way through.

1.) SWEAT EVERYDAY.
I don’t care what you do. Go for a walk, hit up a group fitness class, try something new! Get a friend a do a Nike Training Club app together, get a personal training session (with me!), go for a jog or a hike, do a workout DVD at home, do a HIIT routine in your living room. You don’t need to spend hours working out. If you only have time for a 15 minute work out- that’s great! I just want you to do commit to do something SOMETHING big or small every day. (Unless you already have and intense workout schedule, obviously keep those rest days in there!) Not only will that one workout get your heart pumping, burn calories, flush you with those feel amazing chemicals- you are MUCH more likely to make healthier choices for the rest of the day, because you feel great. Not to mention it reduces stress and I’m sure we could all use a little less stress over the holidays. So, GO SWEAT!
And here is a total body 12 minute HIIT for those days you find you haven’t done anything. Every single person reading this blog has a spare 12 minutes in their day and every single person can do this workout in the tiniest living room.
Set a clock for 50 seconds on/10 seconds off or just get a timer going on your computer/phone whatever:

1.) Jumping Jacks (Or power jacks for more advanced. Google it)
2.) Mountain Climber
3.) Elbow Ups (Start in plank on elbows- holding core tight come up onto hands, come back down. This is abs and arms!)
4.) Jump Lunges/Squats 
5.) Push Ups (Advanced- add a burpee in there) 
6.) Bicycles 

Do this 2 x through. Whole body workout, 12 minutes… I dare you not to break a sweat!
2.) Drink water water water and more water.
I want you peeing like every 10 minutes.
Enough said.
Carry a water bottle with you and DRINK IT CONSTANTLY. Reduces hangovers. Clears skin. Keeps you full. Keeps you energized. Keeps headaches at bay. Why wouldn’t you?
Bonus tip: drink water in between every alcoholic beverage. (I know we’ve all heard this one before, but its truly like magic for keeping you feeling great post party!)

3.) SLEEP!
You need your rest for all those Christmas parties so you can be on top of your game. Get to bed at a decent hour and make sure you are getting your 7-8 hours every night! It’s for your HEALTH and sanity. Can’t stress the importance of sleep! Then you will have more energy for #1 (Sweat everyday).

4.) EAT REGULAR MEALS:

Do not, I repeat DO NOT starve yourself the day of a party to “save calories” for alcohol and snacks. Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, and DINNER and then just enjoy the party and socialize away from the appetizer table!
If you really want to indulge in some snacks grab a PLATE! You will feel much more satisfied if you grab a plate and see what you are eating all together than if you have a bite here and there all evening and never really realize what you’ve eaten. And you’re more likely to eat less when you feel satisfied!
So grab a plate, get lots of veggies, get a small portion of what you really want, make sure you eat slowly and try and focus on the food so you enjoy it! This really helps cut down on overeating.

5.) Don’t be so hard on yourself!
It’s the holiday season. Enjoy a few extra drinks and desserts. Your body has this amazing capability to BURN calories that you’ve eaten and you are not going to suddenly gain a ton of weight from having an extra slice of cake or an extra glass of wine. Life will move on and you will get up the next morning  (after your 8 hours of sleep #3) then workout for 12 minutes (#1) and feel great, refresh with a tall glass of water (#2) and have a yummy breakfast (#4) and get on with enjoying time with family and friends! Guilt over eating only leads to a terrible mindset and its no fun for anyone! (#5)

Go forth and conquer the holiday season with your health intact!

And here’s a healthy appetizer recipe for you to bring to your next party:

http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/recipes/hors-doeuvres/crudites-three-dips/

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