Feeling overwhelmed with all the holiday treats? These 5 Tips for a Balanced Holiday will help you feel festive without getting off track! This post is sponsored by Truly Spiked & Sparkling.
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Can you believe that Christmas is about a week away?! I feel like this year is absolutely flying by. Tyler and I were just talking about how it felt like summer was just yesterday.. and here we are talking about Christmas gifts (Did you read our gift guide?!)
and which cookies we should make (I’m biased but I say these gingersnaps.)
This time of year is so wonderful for so many reasons…spending time with friends and family, eating holiday treats, sharing fun gifts with the ones you love, etc. But it can also be a really challenging time of year.
If you’re like me – you’re probably already feeling the pressure. Here’s what my mind is currently looking like (In real time): Get a dress for that holiday party next week, make cookies next Sunday, make sure I save the time to get a recipe done next Saturday so it is up for Christmas, what the heck am I going to get person xyz on my list. This goes on and on, and I know I’m not alone. When you have a MILLION things to do on your list along with activities and events to factor in, it can be easy to feel like you are falling off track. That’s why I’ve pulled together these 5 Tips for a Balanced Holiday. I think you’ll find them very helpful!
#1: Meal Prep – It seems simple, but a lot of people will forget or will not meal prep when things get crazy. Meal prepping is key to making sure you have nutritious, yummy food around you. No – you don’t have to pass up an occasional cookie or a indulgent holiday party dinner…but do you really need to eat Christmas cookies for breakfast every morning simply because they are sitting on the counter? I don’t think so. The more you can minimize your decision making, the easier eating healthy can be. When healthy food is on hand, you’re going to be more apt to grab it and enjoy! Here are some of my favorite recipes to meal prep : Paleo Turkey Chili, Healthy Crockpot Pulled Pork, Whole 30 Chicken Fajitas.
#2 Drink Smarter – With the holidays come looooots of drinking. Booze is always an option at holiday parties, dinners or celebrations. It can be easy to overload on sugary drinks that can make you feel like junk. This year – I’m sticking to sipping on Truly Spiked & Sparkling. If you aren’t familiar, Truly is a lower calorie, lower sugar adult beverage choice that is perfect for people like you and me who are looking for something that actually tastes great without overloading on the sugar.
I firmly believe we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of anything – so rather than going to a party and passing up on drinking at all – I’m all for enjoying one of these! All of the Truly styles have under 100 calories and NO artificial sweeteners or flavor. (I hate anything that tastes fake and these 100% don’t!) They’re perfect for sipping on guilt free at a holiday party or Friday night after you’ve done all of your holiday shopping! The Sicilian Blood Orange style is DELISH!
#3 Schedule your Workouts + Meal Prepping– That holiday party is on your calendar, right? Why not block off the time for your workouts and meal prepping to! It can be easy to just skip a workout when you remember you need to get a gift for someone or you want to go to another happy hour… but commit to yourself! I teach at the gym so most of my workouts are scheduled for me.. but the extra ones that I get to choose – I plan out! I prefer to sit down on Friday and plan out when I’m going to work out and when I’m going to meal prep.. that way I can plan for whatever weekend activities I have and make sure I get it done! Google calendar is free + great for this.
#4 Eat the Darn Cookie– Saying no ‘I can’t have that’ to holiday sweets and treats will get you nowhere. Every year my grandma makes special Christmas cookies. She only makes them ONCE a year and they’re so incredibly delicious. Plus there are limited quantities because my entire family wants to eat them all. Am I going to deny myself from eating one of her cookies?! NO WAY! I’ll have a few, really enjoy them, and move on with my day. This is the one time throughout the whole year that I get to enjoy them… and I’m going to do just that! Which leads me to…
#5 Give Yourself a Break – Maybe the holidays aren’t the time you decide to complete that Whole30 you’ve been thinking about, work on losing weight, or focus on a specific strength goal. It’s a crazy time of year! You don’t always have to be 100% on point with everything you do, but you can definitely try your best to do the things that make you feel great. Those goals will still be waiting for you to come crush them after the cookies & holiday parties are long gone! That’s something worth cheers-ing for!