Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving Day holiday. I know it's been really difficult to get back into the swing of things this week after taking some much needed R&R with friends and family, but the show must go on! There's no doubt this time of year can be stressful and taxing for many reasons, so I'm trying to remember the real "reason for the season". Don't stress out over every little thing, especially those things that aren't that important! Today, I'm encouraging you to keep it simple this season and try my 7 healthy holiday hacks to help YOU stay sane :) Keep scrolling!
(1) GET GROCERIES DELIVERED.
Services like Shipt will deliver straight to your door and even grocery store chains like Walmart and Kroger have curbside pick-up! DO NOT (repeat do not) skip your regular grocery store session because you'll have to resort to eating out, missing meals and making less than ideal food choices :/
(2) USE HEALTHIER INGREDIENTS IN RECIPES.
Maybe you don't try a single new recipe this holiday season. (Which is A-OK!) Commit to making your favorite holiday dishes a little lower in fat or sugar by making some simple substitutions with ingredients. Try 1/3 less fat cream cheese in replace of regular, egg whites instead of whole eggs, reduced fat shredded cheese in replace regular, unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, or simply cut back on the amount of butter or sugar asked for in a recipe.
(3) GO FOR CONVENIENCE FOODS.
I'm not talking about sad, sodium-filled frozen dinners. Think pre-washed bagged salad greens, pre-chopped (even pre-spiralized) veggies, and frozen brown rice. These quick cook ingredients will save you time & stress until you can get back to a more normal routine.
(4) ENJOY BALANCED MEALS.
At events and parties, even if you have absolutely no control over what is being served, just remember to serve yourself a balanced plate thats is 50% fruits and/or veggies, 25% protein and 25% starches. This helps with portion control without worrying about much else.
(5) STOCK UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS.
With extra events and running around about town, you're likely not going to be at home to grab something healthy when you're hungry. Instead, bring the healthy eats to you! Pack any common areas (work, car, purse, gym bag) with healthy satisfying snacks such as unsweetened dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and popcorn.
(6) KEEP IT CLASSY WITH A MOCKTAIL.
Don't let the holly, jolly of the season bring you down. Make sure to hydrate in between your adult beverages and consider sipping on mocktails that look fun & festive, but contain a lot less calories and sugar (and alcohol) than the real deal.
(7) MAKE TIME TO MOVE.
Remember that "10 minutes at a time is fine." Don't pressure yourself into feeling like unless you clock 60 minutes at the gym it's "not worth it". Maximize your time and get that heart rate up with a brisk walking break or solo dance party to keep moving this holiday season.
At the end of the day, I hope you remember to be kind to yourself. Yes eat, definitely sleep and be merry this time of year. Fully enjoy the moments rather the things and I promise you'll be ready to embrace a new year with a full heart and spirit. :)
Merry, happy y'all!