5 Ways to Prepare Your Body for the Holidays

5 Ways to Prepare your Body for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, which means that our diets (and waistline) may get tossed out the window. However, here are 5 ways to prepare your body for the holidays.

EAT BREAKFAST

I know, I know – you plan on having the company lunch and then going to yet another holiday gathering after work, so why not save on calories? Bad idea. Eat a hearty breakfast with protein and fiber instead of starving yourself until a larger holiday meal is a much better idea. You never want to starve your body in order to eat a larger meal later. Breakfast can be a bit smaller, but at least make sure its nutritious.


 

DRINK EXTRA FLUIDS

Holiday gatherings have lots of toasts, so make sure your body is properly hydrated before you raise your glass again. Even if you are drinking the non-spiked holiday punch, it’s still a good idea to make sure that you are taking in at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you are drinking the heavy stuff, create a rule that you’ll drink 1 glass of water after every cocktail. Trust, you’ll thank me in the morning. 


 

BRING SNACKS + EAT BEFORE THE PARTY

You don’t want to find yourself starving before, during, or after the holiday party – so always bring something to quench your hunger. This prevents overeating and a late night run to the $1 pizza spot on the way home. It’s just like eating before you go grocery shopping. If you walk into the store and your ravenous, you will buy a lot more than you would if you had a simple snack beforehand. I recommend stopping by your local CVS/pharmacy and picking up a healthy snack from the Gold Emblem Abound line. My personal favorites are the Chocolate Chunk & Chia Snack Bars or a baggie filled with Fruit & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix.


 

SCHEDULE A WORKOUT DATE

It’s the holidays so there is no need to be on the treadmill all by yourself – grab a friend and sign up for a new workout class the afternoon after a holiday party. There’s nothing like burning a few extra calories to combat the excess pounds you’ll gain from a night of pigs in a blanket, cocktails, and cheese platters.


 

SLEEP

Last but definitely not least, make sure that you get proper rest. The holidays can be a stressful time for families, work, and your personal life. Although you may be too busy trying to find some mistletoe and that cute coworker at the office party – try to make sure you get some sleep so you don’t enter the new year feeling drained. 


 

Iā€™m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the ā€œGold Emblem Abound Trail Makersā€ this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

3 Comments

  1. Zoe Joy says:

    I think getting to sleep is one of the biggest things we forget around the holidays. It seems like we get out early in the morning and come home late. Thankfully since I went vegan, I don’t go crazy on sweets and alcohol durning the holidays. It’s just become a habit to eat healthy, the holidays are no exception. Oh boy but it wasn’t always that way! I could put away the holiday turkey and sweets. Lol thanks for the great tips! Happy Holidays

    Zoe Joy

    12.23.15 ·
  2. Meg says:

    Drinking water is a big one I often forget – holiday or not, but over the festive season its even more important. I really hope I get some much needed RnR these holidays. I feel so exhausted from this year, really could sleep for days.

    12.19.15 ·
  3. Ivanna says:

    Great tips. We miss out on a lot of these things during the holidays. Thanks for the reminder!

    12.18.15 ·

Comments are closed.