Let’s be honest – we’ve made it to the final stretch of 2020, but we’re all on fumes at this point.
Worn down by a non-stop news cycle and the never-ending pandemic, not to mention all the other “2020 things” (election, natural disasters, murder hornets and homeschooling, to name a few), most of us are probably considering just burying our faces in a pint of Eggnog ice cream and calling it a year, right?
But here’s where I tell you there’s a better way – a way to enjoy the holidays without the pressure of resolutions to undo all the damage come January. And best of all, it doesn’t have to suck the life out of your holiday season.
It’s all about making a few little shifts to set yourself up for success when navigating holiday eating landmines. Here are five ways to get started:
1. Think small. Small = sustainable. Abstaining completely from your favorite holiday treats isn’t realistic. Instead, aim for eating (and taking the time to savor) one serving of the things you really love.
2. Just keep swimming. End up going overboard? First, don’t beat yourself up: There’s no failure, only feedback. Second, assess the situation: Is there something that triggered you – i.e. stress, loneliness? And third, make a list of alternate ideas for addressing it next time. For example, instead of turning to food for comfort when you’re missing family, try Face Timing them or writing a letter.
3. Prioritize protein. It’s the macronutrient responsible for muscle repair and recovery, plus it’ll keep you more satiated (read: less susceptible to filling up on those hyper-palatable treats that are devoid of healthy nutrients). So rather than starving yourself all day before a big dinner, a better strategy would be to fill up on protein and veggies at breakfast so you don’t go berserk later.
4. Aim for progress, not perfection. Don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough. It usually leads to the all-or-nothing cycle of “starting again on Monday,” which never works. Be realistic. Choose fewer processed foods. Grab a handful of veggies when you think about it. Swap a diet pop in for a regular pop. And, for goodness sake, drink a few more glasses of water.
5. Take the focus off food. Sure, food is front and center during the holidays, but it doesn’t mean we can let the other puzzle pieces slide. Getting enough sleep helps ward off cravings and regulate hormones, moving your body gets endorphins flowing, and taking time for recovery and mindfulness will help tie it all together.
Need some extra accountability? Join us December 1-21 for 21 days of movement and healthy habits with our Healthy Holidays Challenge 2020!
Details are below; signups are underway, and we’ve got prizes for participation, so get ready to end the year on a high note.
Integrate Fitness + Nutrition’s Healthy Holidays Challenge 2020
$21 for 21 days of workouts + healthy habits
Already dreading the scale come January? It doesn’t have to be that way; we’ve got your back this year!
Join us for a 21-day challenge, and partake in your favorite holiday indulgences without wreaking havoc on your health and fitness goals.
You will receive:
- Daily 15-minute bodyweight workout
- Daily 5-minute nutrition action
- Ideas for enjoying the season while staying on track
- Private group for support and accountability
- Incentive prizes to stoke a little friendly competition!
Make time to take care of yourself this season. Our Healthy Holiday Challenge will:
- Keep you active and focused on healthy habits
- Help with stress relief
- Provide you with accountability and extra motivation
- Give you a head start on your New Year’s goals
Don’t deprive yourself; let us help you shift your focus without the pressure of resolutions!
And here’s how we’re sweetening the deal… Earn participation points each day, and WIN awesome prizes!
- Workout + Nutrition action completed = 2 points
- Social media post (tag us & use hashtag #IFNhealthyholiday2020) = 3 points
- Recruit a friend to join = 5 points
Tracking is the responsibility of each participant & works on the honor system. Let us know your final score at the end of the challenge = the three people with highest points win!
Need even more support and accountability? I offer 1:1 nutrition coaching as a certified Pn1 sports nutrition coach. Shoot me a note (jennifer (at) pulsecreativepdx (dot) com) if you’re interested, and let’s chat!