Christmas time is nothing short of magical. There’s tons of gifts and giving, parties, family and friends…all of which usually revolves around an abundance of delicious food and alcohol. From the office to gifts from coworkers to family to friends, food is EVERYWHERE. Of course, there are some things you simply can’t say no to, such as cookies a dear friend cooked specifically for you or your grandmother’s special pie she hands you with love and a smile. Those things are part of the magic, really – but they don’t have to derail our health or fitness goals if we act smart.
One of the coolest traditions my dad and I have adopted for most major holidays is to go on a run. Every Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and yes, Christmas – we head out together and go for a run. Running helps offset everything we’re about to eat, and it actually helps us make better choices. How? Well, the truth is that when you head out for a decent run, you actually want healthier goods to grub on. Your body wants lean protein, greens, water, and the like – and when grandma does come around with her homemade pie, we take a tiny slice and appreciate every single bite.
As we’ve mentioned, there are important times to indulge; particularly when the goods in question are crafted with love, labor, and steeped in tradition. So, DO IT. Indulge. Enjoy – just within reason. There’s plenty of lunches and breakfasts where we do have control over what we cook and chose and eat, so that’s where we get healthy. Eating wholesome, plan-based meals and drinking plenty of water and tea on the non-party times makes the party-times that much more enjoyable.
Guilt is just as much a chief of joy as comparison – especially during the holidays. Stress and guilt have no place in the happiness, love, and merriness of gatherings and parties and family time and giving during the holidays. so let’s enjoy ourselves, trust our bodies, and let go of the control we’re so used to exercising during the holidays.