It’s easy to think healthy and holidays don’t belong in the same sentence, but it depends on your perspective of healthy. Healthy doesn’t mean weight loss, deprivation at a holiday party, or sacrificing time with family to work off a holiday meal on the treadmill. Healthy can be as simple as deciding to make small decisions each day that will carry you through the holiday season without guilt or additional pounds.
With more decadent food and less time for exercise, it can be challenging to stay in a healthy rhythm. Nonetheless, focusing on what you can control, not what you can’t, is a healthy holiday mentality. Here are 8 tips to help you roll into the New Year happy and healthy.
Although these tips are especially helpful in the holidays, applying these concepts year round is ideal. Always aim for realistic health and nutrition goals, make breakfast a priority and focus on adding in healthy foods (instead of taking away) to help set you up for nutrition success! Enjoy your holidays and feel confident that every small healthy decision counts.
Shannon Garcia is a registered dietitian and foodie with a master's degree in nutrition. She is an experienced recipe developer, media spokesperson and woman behind KISS in the Kitchen, the food and nutrition blog all about keeping it simple. Her dad always told her to "KISS it- Keep it simple, Shannon"; and she strives to incorporate this philosophy in her work. She is also the founder and owner of Lone Star Nutrition, LLC, a nutrition private practice in San Antonio, Texas focusing on pediatric and family nutrition.