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5 Tips to Stay Healthy Over Christmas!

I love Christmas kids. LOVE it! Some would say I’m Christmas obsessed, and this year I’ve upped my health game for the holidays. I’m cutting out almost all added sugar, except for a special treat, continuing what I began at the beginning of the year. I’m also monitoring my snacking a lot more, keeping off the seven pounds I lost last month because of it. I find myself not wanting to go overboard anymore, and I don’t want to begin the New Year with an uphill health battle. You don’t either, so I’ve put together five great tips to live by and stay healthy over Christmas!

Drink lots of water. Every time I travel, I find myself not drinking as much water as I normally do. Crazy right? I try to drink at least eight full glasses of water daily, and discovered that by snacking less I’ve drank even more water. However, when I’m not in my daily routine the first thing that drops is drinking water! So this Christmas, if you’re at home having family over, or going over to someone else’s house, make sure you chase every glass of wine with a glass of water. Follow that beer with some H2O. Skip the alcohol during your meal and drink a glass of water before, during, and after. Staying hydrated will help you eat less and stay energized.

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Keep up with your workouts. I plan on continuing to run between Christmas and New Years, instead of taking a holiday break. If it’s raining, I’ve prepared several backup options for working out indoors. My trusty old jump rope is option number one. Jumping rope is an excellent cardio workout and you’ll be sweaty! Along with jumping rope, I’ve downloaded a ton of indoor circuits to my mobile device, ones I’ve tried out over the course of the year. This one HERE is probably my favorite, with great variety and a killer burn.

Watch your snacking. I love to snack when I’m home for the holidays. There are so many tasty treats at my parent’s house and my in-laws that I never buy for myself. It always feels like a good time to eat chips, and when others are snacking, it’s hard to say no. This year I’m limiting myself and learning to say no; and you can too. If you’re sitting around watching movies, decorating, or chatting, it doesn’t mean you have to be eating as well. We need to listen to our bodies, understanding when we’re actually hungry, and not just bored. So far so good!

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Eat full meals. I’m a three square meal a day kind of gal. I need to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. But when I’m traveling I often let go of my strict meal schedule. I used to think that before having a big meal on Christmas Day/Eve that it was a good idea to skip breakfast. That’s just silly kids! Our bodies need the food in the morning, otherwise we’re going into starvation mode and get so hungry that we overeat once we have that “big meal.” Eat three full meals a day. Make sure you don’t starve yourself!

Portion

Portion control. The world is not ending tomorrow, and we will all eat another meal. I know there are tons of delicious foods being presented during Christmas, but this year take your time and use portion control. Remember that you don’t need to try everything, and enjoy the luxury of having leftovers! We don’t need two plates of Christmas dinner, or four rounds of appetizers. Only eat what you’re dying to try, and take less to start. Stuffing your face is unnecessary. Grab a plate of leftovers instead, and enjoy it the next day without feeling guilty. Win win!

Often we use the holidays as an excuse to over indulge in everything. What good does that do, except feeling guilty the day after? You can still enjoy all your favorites and not ruin all the hard work you’ve put in. Try my five tips for staying healthy over Christmas and let me know how you feel after!

 

 

Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram

 

 

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