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?

84 Comments on Friday Five: Healthy Holidays!

  1. I also like to take healthy snacks with me everywhere I go. It has definitely helped me from eating some unhealthy foods while running around doing errands.
    Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner recently posted…Friday Five: Staying Healthy During The HolidaysMy Profile

  2. Great idea to eat a healthy meal beforehand and bring healthy snacks! I also think everything’s all good in moderation, especially during the holidays. πŸ™‚
    Sherry recently posted…Five Ways to Stay on Track During the HolidaysMy Profile

  3. I love bringing healthy foods to parties. And they never know the difference that I swap ingredients out. I am sneaky that way;)
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…How to Stay On Track During the Rough PatchesMy Profile

  4. Carry snacks definitely. I always have at least one quest bar in my bag or pocket! Me with low blood sugar/hunger isn’t good for anyone. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!
    M @ readeatwriterun.com recently posted…Friday Five – Staying on Track and Healthy During the HolidaysMy Profile

  5. Hah! I usually am THAT guest but now people ask me to bring some of my healthy dishes.
    Coco recently posted…My Top Five Healthy Holiday TipsMy Profile

  6. All great tips! I love being “that person” who brings healthy foods to events! I like to show people that eating well can still taste great!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Five Ways To Stay Healthy During The HolidaysMy Profile

  7. Definitely eat before you head out for a long day of shopping or festivities, and then carry the healthy snack with you! I’m going to be extra diligent about carrying snacks in my purse this holiday season.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – November 7th – Five Ways to Stay on Track During the HolidaysMy Profile

  8. Eating before you can go be very helpful, as can having a healthy snack on your person for when the hunger returns. I was going to pick a ‘love this number’… but I really love them all! Great tips!
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…friday five: staying on track during the holidaysMy Profile

  9. Focus on the fun…..love this tip and phrase. That will be my go to saying during the holidays!
    Pam recently posted…Healthy HolidaysMy Profile

  10. 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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  11. I love being armed with snacks. I am always wandering around with granola bars in my purse. And I’m totally that guest that shows up with a veggie tray… Even if no one else wants any and I eat half myself. πŸ™‚
    Kat @ Life by the Laces recently posted…Friday Five: Staying on Track During the HolidaysMy Profile

  12. Those are some great tips (and I like your graphic on top – I am such a picture nerd haha). When I bake something there is always the temptation to eat everything! I keep a couple and then give them away to my officemates or friends.
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – What’s New II (Weekend Edition)My Profile

  13. Eating before you go to a party or an event is the best advice. Happy Friday
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Fab Fall Fitness & Beauty FindsMy Profile

  14. All very good points! Especially about focusing more on the fun and not the food. The holidays are about friends and family!
    Chris @ I’d Rather Be Sweating recently posted…Survive the HolidaysMy Profile

  15. 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™‚
    Chaitali recently posted…Friday Five – ways to stay healthy in winterMy Profile

  16. 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:)

  17. I love the ideas of bringing your own snacks and to bring a healthy one to share with everyone. Just because you bring something healthy doesn’t mean it won’t be a great dish. Plus, if everyone brings cookies, it sounds good but gets old fast.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Ways to Stay on Track During the Holidays | Friday FiveMy Profile

  18. Yes to all! I even eat healthy stuff before my office Christmas party. That food is all so good but I shouldn’t eat a whole lot of it.
    Lesley recently posted…Stay Healthy During the HolidaysMy Profile

  19. 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!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the HolidaysMy Profile

  20. All great tips! I’m never that guest b/c I like to show off my baking skills…However, I do LOVE that guest so maybe I can be that person at least once this season lol
    Kels @ Blonder Side of LIfe recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Pudding CookiesMy Profile

  21. I like #5. Be kind to yourself. Don’t overdo on the guilt. Let it go!
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Staying on Track (Friday Five)My Profile

  22. i love “be that guest” – that is a great tip and i’m so glad that i’m at a point in my life where this means “bring healthy food” not “be a drunk mess” πŸ™‚ xx
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Ways to Stay Healthy During HolidaysMy Profile

  23. 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!
    Kate @KateMovingForward recently posted…Friday Loves #24My Profile

  24. These are great tips!! I definitely agree that we should focus on the fun!

  25. Be that guest – I like that one!

  26. Focus on the FUN and not the FOOD is my favorite tip and it’s why I love the holidays πŸ™‚

  27. Great Tips! I actually have a post for next week on this same topic!! I am glad I found your blog now πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend.
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate talk!My Profile

  28. I like to bring healthy versions of dishes to holiday parties (i.e. broccoli cheddar casserole with a little less cheddar, etc.). That way, I can still enjoy the food but feel like I’m being at least a little more healthy!
    Amy @ Run with Perseverance recently posted…Friday Five: Staying on Track during the HolidaysMy Profile

  29. 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™‚

  30. I always carry snacks around with me especially when I am Christmas shopping!!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…A decadent, healthy afternoon snack: Dark Chocolate Hemp Seed ButterMy Profile

  31. Ooh have fun at the Metro-Cooking show! Always wanted to go to that!
    Amanda H recently posted…5 Ways to Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday SeasonMy Profile

  32. Great idea…I am going to Be That Guest! Thanks for the tips and for hosting the fun!
    diane@runninrocker recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Ways to Stay on Track During the HolidaysMy Profile

  33. 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!
    Kate @ Eat Clean with Kate recently posted…Friday Favorites – Keeping Sane!My Profile

  34. I love “be that guest”. I do eat something small before I go, but I have to be careful as I know I will eat at a party even if I’ve eaten before, so I don’t want to eat too much.
    MCM Mama recently posted…Tips for staying active during the holidaysMy Profile

  35. April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere | November 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm |

    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!

  36. Wait, we’re supposed to be done with the Halloween candy? Looks like I have some work to do! πŸ™‚
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: Bronchitis EditionMy Profile

  37. I think carrying healthy snack option is a great idea, holiday season or not!
    Michele @ A Pace of Balance recently posted…Stay on Track This Holiday SeasonMy Profile

  38. I am definitely “that guest” ! LOL. People sometimes look at me as if I am crazy, but if we do not bring healthy foods, there often isn’t any…
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Friday Five : Five Ways to stay healthy during the holidaysMy Profile

  39. You are spot on with all of the food tips—-I try to make it a point to eat before I go anywhere whether it’s a party or shopping–if not I find myself filling up on very tasty things that I shouldn’t be!
    Stacey recently posted…News Flash: I Don’t Need the 21DSD to Eat Healthy!My Profile

  40. 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.

  41. 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.
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Ellie’s Self-Made UltramarathonMy Profile

  42. Great tips! I loved this topic we chose, so great to read all the tips!
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! recently posted…Bia Sport Watch ReviewMy Profile

  43. 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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