As the new year just around the corner, we all often reflect on the goals we have and what changes we’d like to make in our lives in the upcoming year. The older I am getting the more I realize how important health is to a happy life. I encourage everyone to take a least 1 step towards a healthier you in this year.
Before we jump into ways to get healthy and stay healthy during the holidays, take time to remember your reason for the season. Think about what the importance of the season is for YOU. Being centered is a great place to start. Now, here are several tips to help you enjoy the holidays and the new year while making healthy choices.
Eat food that loads with nutrients
Make sure you are loading up your body with nutrient whole foods every day. Try and get rid of as much processed foods as you can, and get in a big salad daily and/or a green smoothie. You may also want to build some immune boosting foods into your diet.
Keep yourself hydrate
Try to keep yourself hydrate throughout the day, and especially while you go out. This will help you feel good. Also being dehydrated can lead to cravings, so hydrate!
Spend at least 20-30 minutes to exercise daily, especially in the morning. This will increase endorphins and make you feel fabulous and it sets you up to want to make your day the best it can be, and help with stress! *Bonus tip – plan! Put your favorite workout and schedule it a priority.
Always start your day off right
Start your day with healthy foods. I love smoothies for breakfast or cereal with mix fruits. Always keep in mind that never start your day with processed foods & added sugar.
Practice the power of NO
YES! It is completely okay to say no! You can say no to the cookie exchange. You can say no to a party. Don’t ever feel that you need to do anything. It is your life. Just smile and say, “No thanks” to more food, dessert, etc.
Choose better drinks
Listen…I get it! A beverage definitely helps calm your nerves when the stress hits. Try not to go too crazy with the drinks. Stay away from the sugary drinks, and even stay away from diet sodas (sketchy ingredients). Some better options: club soda, vodka, and lime (choose club soda over tonic), red wine, champagne.
Let go of perfection
It’s hard to not want everything to be perfect. We’re surrounded by so many things telling us how our lives should be. Let go of the should. Let go of the comparing. Know that for every “perfect” photo your friends are sharing on social media, there are 10 others not perfect ones (i.e. the reality) going on behind the scenes.
Use these tips for the holidays and beyond and watch some magic begin to happen in your life! Remember that mindset is going to be the MOST IMPORTANT part of all of this. Remember your goals and your vision. YOU GOT THIS. Now, go enjoy the holidays and the new year, guilt-free. Happy New Year!