Ah, the Monday after Thanksgiving break. Anyone still recovering from a food coma? We’re knee-deep in the holiday season, y’all.
From now until New Year’s Eve, we’re bombarded by parties, family gatherings, and other events where there’s no shortage of alcohol, sweets, and decadent dishes. And while the holidays shouldn’t be a free-for-all when it comes to eating, it’s perfectly fine to loosen the reins a bit and let yourself enjoy your favorite seasonal items (vegan eggnog and gingersnaps, I’m coming for ya!). Whatever you do, do NOT beat yourself up for going back for seconds of something you truly love. Health can be such a mental game, and negative self-talk can set you up for the dreaded shame spiral. POSITIVE VIBES ONLY, PEOPLE!
What, you thought this was going to be a post about how to avoid the holiday weight gain, drop 10 lbs before the new year, or how to only cook “clean” dishes for the holidays? No way. The holiday season is a beautiful time to enjoy friends and family, and with that comes food. But by doing consistent work day in and day out with your workouts and nutrition the rest of the year, a few days of indulgence won’t make a huge dent in your overall health. Remember, health is about more than just your physical body — stressing about food and exercise at the expense of quality time with loved ones can be detrimental to your mental and emotional health.
Maybe start a fun new tradition where you get your family to go for a nice long walk before or after Christmas dinner. Or make a standing fitness date with a friend so you’re not tempted to snuggle back in bed when the mornings get darker and colder. Or instead of having one of everything on the dessert table, pick one or two items that you LOVE and skip the rest. If you don’t truly love something, then it’s sort of a waste of calories, ya know?
If you’ve been working out consistently, then keep that shit up! It will help with holiday stress, the winter blues, and that whole “I just want to sit on the couch in my pajamas and watch Netflix” thing. I mean, definitely still do that, but get a workout in first.