Can you really have healthy holidays without hassle? I THINK YES. Find out how I make my holidays healthy, happy, and active without the production!
The post is sponsored by Designer Protein via my partnership with Sweat Pink and Fit Approach! All opinions and ideas are my own!
Control, indulgence, restriction, binging, detox.
All of these are words that come up around the holidays as we all try to figure out how to navigate the litany of parties and rich-food opportunities that inherent with the fall holidays season. We all know that from Thanksgiving to New Years will be one party after another, the oncoming of wintry weather, work deadlines, and travel. The stress and then release of that stress isn’t just hard on our brains but also our stomachs and bodies. So how do we keep the holidays sacred and do the same for our bodies?
Healthy Holidays without the Hassle
The Holidays are an Embellishment of the Rest of Your Life
Just as I spoke of regarding how I vacation, approach the holidays not as a departure from your everyday life, but an embellished extension of my life. That means that I:
- Maintain a routine–that I tailor to the situation.
- I make sure to get in activity of some type everyday–even if that means that I go for a walk with my family rather than a run, or that I do push ups and planks in the down time after a meal.
- I keep up with my commitments–but I might post a little less or republish old germane posts.
- I embellish but maintain my eating habits!
Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
I make sure that I eat a balanced 80/20 diet–that allows for me to have fun with dishes that I don’t usually get to have during the rest of year (because who is going to make me a pie from scratch on a Monday?) but also keeps me regular (cough) and with a happy belly.
Make simple swaps that don’t detract from the recipes, and might even add to them! Here are some of my favorite Healthified Holiday Recipes!
- Chipotle Cranberry Pumpkin Enchiladas (GF and Easily Made Vegetarian)**Perfect for Thanksgiving Leftovers!
- Light Pecan Pie Tartlets (GF, Dairy Free)
- Autumn Root Vegetable Salad with Maple Mustard Vinagrette (GF, Vegan)
- Zucchini Bread (GF, Dairy Free)
- Protein Zucchini Cornbread Muffins (GF)
- Quick and Easy Apple Cranberry Relish (GF, V)
And then I have some fun, regardless.
- Wine Pumpkin Hummus (GF, Vegan) anyone?
- Cranberry Cupcakes aren’t vegan, gluten free, or dairy free, but if you know your healthy baking alternatives, you can easily make it work for you!
- Pumpkin Crusted French Toast with Vanilla Pumpkin Beer Syrup (GF)
Living and experiencing the holidays this way helps me soak up an savor my absolute favorite holiday of all (here’s why I love Thanksgiving so much) without feeling like I need to “Get Back on Track” afterwards. I may have walked away from the path for a little bit, but it’s all about ceding control and establishing the balance that works for you–even if you have to blaze your own trail!
Throughout the month of November, Sweat Pink, Designer Protein, and a handful of your favorite Sweat Pink Ambassadors are going to be hosting the #HealthUpYourHolidays challenge. This is not your typical “no sugar” or “crunches every day!” challenge, but rather a way to share your own healthy hacks while reminding you of your own healthy habits during the holidays.
Three times a week, we will be sharing how we keep our holidays happy and healthy via various social media channels, so make sure that you follow @FitApproach, and @DesignerProtein on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook and tag #HealthUpYourHolidays and #Sweatpink! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest–make sure to check for my prompts and a giveaway at the end of the challenge!
How do you approach the holidays? Do you indulge and then recant, or do you try to maintain balance?
How are you going to try to #HealthUpYourHolidays?