Balancing Health & Happiness During the Holidays

unnamedI’m really stoked to travel home to Long Beach, California next week to spend Christmas with my family and friends. My excitement, however, comes bundled with a little bit of anxiety about how a trip back home may disrupt my progress. I’ll be in my family’s world instead of my own, which means relinquishing control over what’s in the fridge, cupboards, and what’s on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those decisions are largely up to them, and not me.

While the holidays are filled with joy, family time and love, a lot of traditions this time of year revolve around food. And whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten free, or just a health nut in general, it’s tough to pass up grandma’s cookies and your dad’s famous bbq in the name of fitness. It’s even tougher when, like me, you don’t see them very often. Food in all cultures is a way of showing love; during the Christmas season, it’s about sharing it.

For the fitness-minded, it’s hard not to chase perfection. We all want a rock-hard booty, toned arms, sleek calves, and cut abs – and we often feel that the only way to achieve perfection is to be perfect. But, just in time for the holidays, I’ve had a bit of an epiphany – nobody is perfect. We all have different schedules, genes, shapes, and sizes, and will respond to losing, gaining, and building muscle accordingly. Even if I ate clean for a year I might not have the abs I really want. Does that mean I should give up entirely? Absolutely not. But it does mean that I should strike a balance between enjoying my life – and the foods in it – and working towards a leaner figure & healthier body.

What are your thoughts on the holiday season?

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One thought on “Balancing Health & Happiness During the Holidays

  1. Perfection is elusive and for the most part highly not achievable. We can however aspire to attain a level that is best for the individual. We should eat right for ourselves as long as our health is not in jeopardy. Society appears to be a little (or a lot) vain; some are genetically gifted and others have to work harder for it. So the balance can be feeling comfortable with ones self image and using a meal plan as a tool for fitness; but, also enjoying the greatness of food that can sometimes come as a delicious plate of kalua pork!

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