Stay Mindful of Your Health During the Holidays

By Hollie Fallon

Listen, I get it; the holidays can be challenging in a myriad of ways.  Parties, traveling, SHOPPING! We all have a laundry list of things we need to take care of and, now we have to add eating and exercising to the list??

I’ll admit that I am currently in “over extending myself” recovery.

Well, I am here to tell you yes. Yes to putting YOU on the list of to-do’s. Yes to making sure that you get in your trip to the gym, or that morning run, or your yoga practice that keeps you going through the endless lists.

Yes to nourishing your body with clean, nutrient rich foods so that when the 4pm sunset comes along you have some life left in you to finish the day.

Yes to eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies so when its time to attend your third holiday party you can guilt free indulge in a delicious cocktail and dessert!

Maybe you need to take a second look at that list. Is there something (or 3 things) that you could eliminate?

Can you respectfully decline your 3rd cousins dinner party so that instead you can get a good nights sleep and be ready to hit the gym fresh the next morning?

Do you have to attend FIVE Breakfast with Santa events with your children? Instead, you can stay home and cook a healthy breakfast WITH your kids!

Getting through this season does not mean you have to throw away all of your hard work to keep you and your family healthy all year.

Take a deep breath, make a nutritious breakfast, and go for a brisk walk with your loved ones.

End your busy days with an early dinner and a stroll around the neighborhood to see all the beautiful lights.

Holidays can be stressful. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers and committing to more YOU time. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others.

Wishing our readers a happy and health-filled holiday!

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