Friday Five: Healthy Holidays!

Happy first Friday in November! Join me, Cynthia and Courtney every Friday for the happening-est party in town, the Friday Five. Today we’re all about staying healthy during the holiday season. I broached how to stay fit last holiday season. But now that candy land (ie, Halloween) is over and done we’ve got stuffing town and gingerbread housing to develop – it’s going to be food overload the next couple months. BUT it doesn’t have to be.  FF_Holiday Health

1). Focus on the FUN not the food! Holidays are about being with family and friends. Yes, food comes along with that but enjoy the reveling and celebrate the reasons for being together.

2). Eat before you go. If you have a day of shopping or partying ahead of you eat a healthy meal before heading out so there is less chance you’ll Eat All the Food later.

3). Carry snacks. Keep your favorite bar, snack bag of fruit, or trail mix handy when you are out and about to curb your appetite in between errands or your travels.

4). Be that guest. You know, the one who always brings the healthy dessert or veggie tray (I love that guest!) Well, that could be YOU!

5). I always say this but be kind to yourself. Indulge a little as there is nothing wrong with treating yourself (in moderation).

Speaking of FOOD – I am excited to be hitting up the Metro Cooking DC show this weekend. It’s gonna be a blast! Who else has big weekend plans? What are some of your healthy eating tips during the holidays?

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    1. This is such a great reminder list!! It’s easy to go overboard during the holidays.
      This is a silly tip, but if you wear a bold red lipstick, you’ll eat and drink less so you won’t mess it up!
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      1. I find the most random snacks in my bag… I will gun for the veggie tray first so I can fill up and not gorge on other things!

    1. I love the first one about focusing on fun instead of food. So many of the memories I have of events around this time seems to center around food but it really is more about spending time with family and friends. And I’m definitely that guest that tries to take health food options to all the events πŸ™‚
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    1. I always keep a granola bar in my purse at all times because you never know when your going to need it! Snicker’s is right, “Your not really you when your hungry” but I don’t feel guilty eating my granola bar like I do when I grab a candy bar from the store:)

    1. Mar! I’m so jealous that you are going to a food show this weekend; can’t wait to hear all about it! This is a great list, thank you for sharing; I totally agree with you on being “that person” who brings the healthy dish…I think that’s a great idea. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you, as always, for hosting such an amazing link-up!
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    1. I definitely am “that guest”! Last year I brought cuties and salad to Christmas Eve and this year my mom asked what I would bring to Thanksgiving and I said a salad, she asked what kind, I said one with leaves. Haha!
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    1. This is a great list! I especially love focusing on the FUN! I agree we should be focused on enjoying time with our family and friends instead of the food πŸ™‚

      1. thanks! I”m really looking forward to it! can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before πŸ™‚ you were one weekend off from it!

    1. Yes to 2, 3, and 5! As an eating disorder survivor, I cannot tell you how important it is for me to not turn up starving at events where there is unlimited food. And #5 is a good reminder for everyone – the holiday season only lasts for a few months so it’s important to enjoy it and indulge once and awhile!
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    1. I just LOVE number one. Our families tend to focus on and bond over the food. Turning that focus to the fun of the holidays that isn’t food-centered is a great idea!

      1. yes, exactly! the highlight of my holidays is usually wrapping up in blankets and watching movies with the fam all evening (after football of course) πŸ™‚

      1. Yeah, if I go anywhere and I haven’t eaten – look out! I start craving things I haven’t eaten in years. Funny how hunger hits you!

    1. My biggest problem is making it a whole season of gluttony and not just on or two special days.
      Heard something at Weight Watchers I really liked, “It is a holiDAY, not a holiweek.” I think I will really work on remember that and only enjoying the actual holidays, and not going buck wild all season.

    1. I love all of your tips, especially #3. That’s a tip I share with my clients on a day-to-day basis, but I’ve never really emphasized for them to remember it during holiday shopping, etc. And #5 is so important. Constant denial will lead to over indulgence almost every time.
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    1. I have lost almost 80 lbs and I started my weight loss journey last Thanks Giving. thanks for the post, it definitely helps to keep me on track.

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