The holiday season is upon us and being kicked into high gear. Lately, it seems there is so much to do in such little time, and it can be hard to find the time to prepare, cook and eat healthy foods to keep us energized and going. With Christmas parties and holiday social events, it may seem almost impossible to keep up with a regular workout routine along with eating well. However, it is not impossible at all! Follow some of these holiday survival guide tips and they will certainly work for you if they can work for me.
I love living in a big city, especially during Christmas time. Christmas is literally my favorite holiday and seeing all of the lights and decorations throughout Austin makes me so happy. My girlfriends and I have a long list of everything Christmas we want to do within the next two weeks. However, I’ve been wondering when I’m suppose to squeeze in my regular workouts if we are constantly on the go? I’m the type of person who has to work out or I’ll be in a bad mood and just feel disgusting, especially if I am enjoying seasonal beverages such as gingerbread spiced cocktails.
It’s all about making a plan. Plan ahead your schedule for the day or even the week. If you can, get up early in the morning and conquer that early morning workout session so you have the entire day ahead of you to do whatever and enjoy the holiday fun. Lately, I have been waking up around 5:30 on the weekday mornings to make it to the 6 am workout class. Yes, it can be very difficult to get out of bed, but once I’m at the gym I am wide awake and ready to go; not to mention I am so happy I went when the class is over. Furthermore, being in culinary school, almost everything we cook involves butter, and of course I am going to try what I am cooking! Ok, I say try, but I really mean eat. I have to maintain a strong workout routine or the butter would end up clogging my arteries.
Holiday parties are so much fun and the food plays a large role in the fun, but it’s easy to get carried away. I would know because I get carried away all the time. I’m the person who can’t just eat one slice of pizza- I will want five. So, it’s all about moderation and balance. If you know you are going to the big holiday party with hot brie, mini meatballs, crab cakes, and cookies galore, then make an effort to eat a very healthy breakfast and lunch prior to the party. It’s ok to have one unhealthy meal, but definitely not a day’s worth. Also, prepare some healthy dishes in advance, so you can keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. Some of my favorite recipes right now are my vegetable and shrimp pizza with cauliflower crust pizza, garlic and lemon hummus, lentil soup, and almond butter and medjool date cookies.
Lastly, get enough sleep. An adequate amount of sleep will keep you energized, alert, and ready to make healthy, good-for-you decisions. I need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to even be a functional, happy person during the day. Even when I don’t get enough sleep, I feel like you can see it on my face and it doesn’t matter how much concealer and blush I apply. A good night’s sleep will certainly help you look and feel your absolute best. Above all, enjoy the holiday season and don’t limit yourself. Enjoy the seasonal cocktails and finger foods, but just keep it real with yourself. I will be adding healthier versions of some of our favorite holiday dishes, so you can indulge without the extra calories and bloat. Christmas is a great time to appreciate life, health, family and friends. It wouldn’t be the holiday season without peppermint bark, egg nog, and all of the delicious goodies we are faced with, don’t you agree?
Happy Holidays to all!