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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, everyone’s schedule tends to get a little crazy. At the time when we should be protecting ourselves from seasonal illnesses and watching our diet carefully to accommodate certain traditions, all the running around can get in the way.

If you’re trying to lose weight, the holidays can be especially challenging. Indulgent food is around every corner, and many people struggle with sticking to their healthy eating habits around family.

A few simple tweaks can help you enjoy the upcoming season without guilt and without sacrificing your health.

Focus on quality time, not food

While many holiday traditions involve food (and lots of it), the best parts of the celebration are usually the people you’re with. Shift the focus from food to having fun! Instead of baking five different kinds of cookies, take the neighbors flowers. Swap time sitting around eating sweets for a brisk walk as a family or some ice skating. Focusing on spending time with the people you love is as good for your relationships as it is for your waistline!

Stock the fridge with healthy beverages and snacks

The holidays are hectic for just about everyone. With all the special events and extra tasks that pop up, it’s easy to reach for a cookie when you’re hungry and in a hurry. Plan ahead for moments of weakness by keeping your refrigerator stocked with healthy items you can grab on the go. Focus on low calorie snacks that require no preparation. Edit Fruit Juice is perfect to grab on your way to gift shopping, that school play, or the in-laws house.

Indulge in the really special items

It is unrealistic to expect yourself to turn down every holiday treat. If you love stuffing but are kind of indifferent to mashed potatoes, skip the carb-filled item you’re less excited about. Make the extra calories count by choosing items you only get once a year - and the ones that wait for the other 10 months.

Hydrate!

Hydrating before a meal has been shown to help you eat less. Sometimes what we perceive as hunger is actually thirst. Reach for water and other low calorie beverages like Edit Fruit Juice throughout the day to stave off hunger and help you eat what your body actually needs. For an extra boost, drink a low calorie beverage 15-20 minutes before each meal to feel full on less food.