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.

  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™‚

  3. I love bringing healthy foods to parties. And they never know the difference that I swap ingredients out. I am sneaky that way;)

  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!

  5. Hah! I usually am THAT guest but now people ask me to bring some of my healthy dishes.

  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!

  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.

  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!

  9. Focus on the fun…..love this tip and phrase. That will be my go to saying during the holidays!

  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!

  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™‚

  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.

  13. Eating before you go to a party or an event is the best advice. Happy Friday

  14. All very good points! Especially about focusing more on the fun and not the food. The holidays are about friends and family!

  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™‚

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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

  21. I like #5. Be kind to yourself. Don’t overdo on the guilt. Let it go!

  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

  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!

  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.

  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!

  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!!

  31. Ooh have fun at the Metro-Cooking show! Always wanted to go to that!

  32. Great idea…I am going to Be That Guest! Thanks for the tips and for hosting the fun!

  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!

  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.

  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™‚

  37. I think carrying healthy snack option is a great idea, holiday season or not!

  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…

  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!

  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.

  42. Great tips! I loved this topic we chose, so great to read all the tips!

  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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