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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are officially here–the parties, the late nights, the dessert table, the delicious leftovers, and the excuses galore to ditch that Saddle Room reservation you made at 5:45 am tomorrow. We know, we’re right there with you; it’s hard to stay on your wellness path during this time of year, add the influx of influenza and cold season to the mix and you’re even more prone to abandon the last six months progress.


 We’re here to give you our best tips and practices for how we remain vigilant during this time of good tidings and cheer. Our GritCycle staff supplied us with their most useful ways to ward off the sick and keep their healthy ways during times of turkey and Saint Nick. Here is what they had to say:

Staying healthy during holidays: the BEST way to stay on track for me during holidays is to allow myself to indulge a little bit…it is what the holidays are for! So often people get in the mindset that a big Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner is going to set back months of hard work. This is not the case. I repeat. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. However, letting the meals go on for weeks will make it the case! Planning my “cheat” meals out ahead of time allows my brain to look forward to deliciousness without feeling like I’m deprived! And, as always, I don’t let holidays stop my workout routine! Whether family is in town or I am traveling, I can squeeze in a quick jog or weightlifting session #noexcuses. Doing a quick workout before a heavy meal also always makes me feel healthier and happier.Tony

Wash Your Hands.  That’s my mantra.  I do try to stay away from sick people and encourage people to stay home if they are sick.  My other weapon is to make sure that I am getting enough sleep.  –Cassie

Holidays can be difficult to stay on track. Believe me I know the temptation is BIG! Here are some tips that have helped me. Park a little further in the parking lots when going shopping. You will get those extra steps in and maybe not feel so bad about that chocolate they are sampling at William Sonoma. Try to stick to healthy eats during the week so that luncheon or Christmas party you have won’t be ruined by watching what you eat or drink. WASH WASH WASH THOSE HANDS!!! Yes that is the nurse in me talking. But most of all…. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! It is a time to be grateful for what we have and have fun doing it! Love to you all and Happy Holidays. –Danielle

STAY ACTIVE – even if it’s just a walk in the neighborhood.  Continue to move your body during the holidays.  It’s one of the hardest times of the year to stay motivated because we get pulled in so many directions.  But commit to YOU and make sure you continue to create time for yourself.   

Don’t go into a holiday dinner hungry – I’m definitely guilty of this! Sometimes when we have a holiday dinner coming up, we don’t that day thinking… thinking “I’m going to consume a ton of calories, so I’ll hold off until later.” But in my experience, this sets you up to consume MORE calories because we then feel free to eat anything and everything in site!  I stay healthy during the holidays by staying on top of my daily nutrition and I never go to a party starving. 

If you’re nervous about the food, bring your own OR make a few healthy dishes that YOU love – this is definitely a go-to move for me 🙂 If I’m nervous about there not being healthier options, I just make some myself… that way I know for sure there will be something I love eating AND don’t feel guilty about. 

Don’t give in to peer pressure – It’s okay to say “no” or decline food that you don’t want to eat.  We sometimes feel bad or uncomfortable not eating when everyone else is… but YOU are your ultimate priority and it doesn’t matter what other people think.  

Limit your alcohol consumption – alcohol is not only empty calories, but it also lowers your inhibitions so you’re more likely to consume foods {and quantities} you wouldn’t normally consume. -Lisa

We at GritCycle wish you the happiest and healthiest of Holiday Seasons….please stay well so that we may keep seeing you in the Saddle Room Gritties!

In health,