Healthy habits for the holidays (and a recipe)

​The holidays are jam-packed with an abundance of meals, parties, and gatherings that are filled with delicious but generally unhealthy foods.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the experience of feeling a little off track from your health goals during this season. I spent the weekend in Prague so I know too well how tempting it is to try all the treats and keep the mulled wine going. What saved me was the insane amount of waking we did every day:)

There’s good news — it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  You can still enjoy your holiday dishes and still feel like you are on the right path to reach your health goals.

Here are a couple of ways to assure that you stay on your healthy path while still enjoying the holidays without depriving yourself…

1.  Drink up.   Keep up with your water consumption throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.  If you aren’t a fan of water, infuse it with some lemon or lime to add a little pop of flavor.  Staying well hydrated will help you digest your food better, keep your cravings under control, help with feeling less bloated and staying regular.   If you’re partaking in any alcoholic beverages, it is helpful to have a tall glass of water before and after your alcoholic beverage to help keep hydrated.

2.  Don’t forget the veggies.   An easy way to make sure you still fit your veggies in is to have a green smoothie each day.  Starting off your day with one makes for an easy breakfast with a ton of benefit.  My personal favorite, easy green smoothie recipe is:

1 cup tightly packed spinach leaves or kale
½ parsley
1 small frozen banana
1.5 cup of coconut water or filtered water
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1 peeled orange

Blend the greens with water first, until smooth, then add remaining ingredients and blend to your desired consistency.

You can even make your smoothie the night before, store it in a mason jar in your refrigerator, and not have to worry about breakfast in the morning.  So easy and delicious!

3.  Move your body.  I know that it can be difficult to fit in a daily workout during the holidays when your schedule is jam-packed.  Like I said earlier, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  Find your balance while considering your options — pick a plan of action for the holidays that is feasible for you to do each day.  Is that starting off your day with a 20-minute yoga DVD at home?  Taking a walk after dinner each evening?  A dance workout DVD?   Find what works for you, and something you will enjoy, so you will stick with it. I tend to boogie to “Last Xmas” when no one is watching. I also like my morning runs – for some reason I am more of a winter runner. It must be the crisp air.

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