The holidays are synonymous with large meals, treats and parties. Staying on track with your regular, healthy routine can be a challenge when you are constantly confronted with appetizers and delicious treats and drinks at holiday parties. Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t need to go by the wayside this holiday season if you keep a few ideas in mind.
The calendar fills up during the holiday season making it difficult to squeeze in a workout. Incorporate your exercise regimen into your holiday plans by taking longer walks at lunch, planning shorter, more intense workouts, parking further from the mall or even participating with friends or family in a game of Kinect or Wii. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, the goal is always to remain active.
Your office might have morphed into a smorgasbord of treats, but this doesn’t mean you have to go overboard. Planning out your day in advance with meals, snacks and opting for healthier treats will help you curb cravings. Holiday nuts or seasonal fruits like satsumas or tangerines and cranberries are always a good option. Being able to resist might be tough so if you do indulge, make it count. Don’t choose an item you can have any old time of the year.
The calories in drinks can sneak up on you. With all the delicious latte flavors and egg nog, it’s not hard to consume a meal’s worth of calories in one drink. Pay attention to your choices and you can still be festive but opt for an organic cider or dark chocolate cocoa.
Meals around this time of the year are a little more generous than other times. Try not to fill up on appetizers and treat the day like any other having complete meals instead of starving yourself for the main event. Making smarter choices like lean turkey, vitamin-rich sweet potatoes instead of other starches, vegetables not covered in dressing or butter and dark chocolate instead of cookies will help ward off the holiday weight gain.
Now that you know some of our secrets to surviving the holidays, what tips do you have?
Healthy skin is the Clarisonic way – but we are also about total body health. Eating healthy foods can keep your skin and overall body in tiptop shape. Which foods should you eat and which should you avoid? Courtesy of Shape Magazine, we bring you 15 Healthy Foods to Have in Your Kitchen at All Times.
By incorporating these foods into your diet (and keeping them there), you will be on your way to a healthier diet. We’ve highlighted foods on this list that can boost skin health as well as your overall health, courtesy of WedMd.
- Wild Salmon
- Egg Whites
- This Egg White Omelette from Paula Deen is a great way to prepare egg whites in a fun and creative way that even incorporates tomatoes and other foods from the list!
- Low fat dairy products – skin friendly alternative
- Leafy Greens
- Skin healthy (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums)
- Black Beans
- A nice addition to any summer meal – try this Garlic Grilled Tomato recipe as a healthy compliment to your next BBQ
- Orange Juice
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wheat Germ
- While eating wheat germ by itself doesn’t sound appetizing this recipe for homemade granola is a great way to incorporate this healthy choice into your every day diet. Serve the homemade granola up with yogurt for the ultimate health breakfast or snack.
- Skin friendly (whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals; turkey tuna and brazil nuts)
- Hot Peppers –
- Try adding an extra star to your next Thai food order because chiles are packed with Vitamin C and can help reduce pain. Try adding a few to your favorite salsa for added flavor and health.
The most important thing to incorporate into your diet for optimal mind, body and skin health is WATER – without it your body can’t perform at optimal levels.
Got a great healthy skin or healthy body food suggestion that didn’t make the list? Share with us and we will be sure to add it. Take care of you skin and yourself !