If you have been working hard to stay in shape and get healthy this year, you don’t want to throw it all away during the holidays! It can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle this time of year, but I’ve got a few easy tips to help you keep those pounds off!
This post was sponsored by Luna Bar. However, these tips and my love for the new Gluten Free Luna Bar is all my own.
Last year Andrew and I made a few changes to our diets to be healthier. This year, we both started going to the gym and made even more changes. I have felt so much better, and I definitely want to keep it up!
It’s hard for me to eat healthy during the holidays. I don’t want to completely deprive myself of all of my favorite holiday treats. So in order to stay healthy, I came up with a plan of action so that I can indulge here and there, without setting myself back.
1. Choose a handful of days where you can indulge, and stay strong the other days.
If you don’t want to miss out on the delicious food and desserts at a holiday party or during your family celebrations, plan ahead of time when you will have a “cheat day” and stay strong the rest of the time! Andrew and I are being extra conscious about making healthy dinners and not eating out as much.
2. Stock up on healthy snacks.
If your house is like mine, you probably have way too many holiday cookies and candies tempting you this time of year. I’ve found that when I have healthy snacks in the house, it’s easier to avoid the sugary ones.
One of my go-to snacks is a delicious Luna Bar (which are now gluten free!). They are the perfect thing to eat before heading to the gym. They fuel my workout and hold me over until dinner time. I have a hard time finding a bar that tastes good and is good for me. But Luna Bar is one of my favorites!
3. Don’t drink your calories.
Those red Starbucks cups always tempt me with their delicious holiday drinks. And it can be hard to resist a cup of hot cocoa on a cold night, or a holiday drink at a party. Going back to tip #1, pick a couple days where you can indulge in these drinks, and stick to water the rest of the time.
If you don’t like to drink plain water, you can try making infused water using fruits and vegetables! It’s good for you and makes it so much easier to drink enough water each day.
4. Don’t skip your workouts.
This is so important! It can be easy to get busy during the holidays, but make working out a priority. Even if you can’t do as long of a workout as usual, try to do a little each day.
You can also squeeze in extra calorie-burning activities wherever you can. Walk a little faster when you are doing your holiday shopping. Take the stairs more often. Dance to Christmas music! Every little bit helps.
5. Bring healthy dishes to holiday parties.
When you attend a holiday party, see if you can bring an appetizer or side dish. Having at least one healthy dish to munch on will help you resist the heavier appetizers and that extra cookie.
What are some of the ways that you stay on track during the holidays?