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Holiday Health – Staying Fit and Staying Sane

Holiday Health

Raise a hand if you’ve recently looked at your calendar and thought to yourself, “what happened to fall?! Thanksgiving is in two weeks?! Christmas in 6?! I’M NOT READY!“. *Cue, holiday panic*. Hopefully we’re not the only ones who feel like the holidays have crept up on us this year. And while we’re all for decking the halls and being merry, we’re also a couple who equates health to happiness. Does this mean that we skip out on all the yuletide goodness? Heck no. But we do follow a few holiday health guidelines to make sure we’re joyful and bright, both inside AND out.

Stick to aΒ Mostly Healthy Diet

Tis’ the season Dreamers, and that means a plethora of holiday cookies, cakes, butter laden dishes, and festive drinks. Not so merry? The fact that these holiday delights also add up to some serious extra calories. Rather than depriving yourself of your favorite holiday treats, which is basically a guaranteed recipe for binging out later on, strive maintain a holiday health diet filled with fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, and good fats. Then, when a holiday get together arises, eat whatever you want, and hop right back on track.

Remember, a single day of excess won’t derail you. Nor will a few days (because let’s be honest, ain’t nobody limiting it to just one day throughout the season). The point is to eat whole, nourishing foodsΒ most of the time, and allow yourself indulgences during the festivities.

While it would probably feel more fun to binge out all day every day on pumpkin bread and peppermint bark, you’ll actually end up feeling sluggish, bloated, and low energy. Remind yourself that eating healthier throughout the holiday season will make those get togethers even more special AND delicious. Not to mention you’ll have tons more energy to conquer the crowds and dominate that round of family charades.

Sleep

Yup, here it is again folks. SLEEP. You want holiday health? You need sleep. No doubt you’re shouldering a heavy schedule, jam packed with events, parties, school plays, and more. But if you’re going to keep your metabolism high, your immune system rocking, and your mental state SANE, then you need your shut eye. Make it a priority to get enough sleep each night and you’ll be able to get in more throughout your day.

If your struggling with sleep, try these tricks to make your night more restful:

  • Shut off your electronics and hour before you go to sleep. YES, this means your phone too. This takes a lot more will power than most people would think. Use this time to read a good book, get some snuggles in, or sneak a quick yoga flow.
  • Make it dark. Some people simply have a difficult time sleeping with any light peeking in. If you can’t get your room to black out, then invest in a sleeping mask that does this for you. You’ll be surprised by how big of a difference this makes.
  • Use lavender. Some people like oils while others prefer sprays. Whatever you choose, this scent is well known for its calming effects that can lull you to sleep.
  • Don’t work in your bedroom. If you’re used to typing away on your laptop in bed, try to break that habit ASAP. Make your room a place for SLEEP. Once you train your brain to associate your room with sleeping, rather than working, it’ll be much easier to get to bed.

Create a Workout Schedule You Can Live With

The holidays are an exceptionally busy time of year. Between travel, parties, events, hosting, and your usual hectic schedule, it’s difficult to maintain a rigid (and time consuming) workout routine. The good thing is, knowing this allows you to PLAN for this.

Modify your schedule to fit into your life for the next few weeks. Incorporating quick HIIT workouts or short runs can be a great way to still get a solid workout in, but not dedicate 1-2 hours of your life to it. Extra bonus points if you can get it done at home. There are tons of workouts that offer this structure, which can feel much more maintainable throughout the busy holiday season.

While it’s easy to brush off your physical fitness, it’s important to remember that self-care is the ultimate way to maintain your holiday health. Working out, even if that’s just a walk through your neighborhood while listening to a podcast, is one of the best ways to relieve stress and feel ready to take on whatever’s next.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

Some people are capable of saying ‘no thank you’ to all of the holiday goodies this time of year. They’re super disciplined. They maintain their six pack abs, and don’t seem to have any trouble feeling deprived or left out. Welp… THAT’S NOT US (aside from Ben’s six pack, which just… IS).

One of the greatest parts of the holiday season are the delicious meals and treats shared with family and friends. The nights spent laughing with your hot chocolate and schnapps, and that insane pie your neighbor brought over. We firmly do NOT believe in saying no to this. We just believe in being SMART. It’s moderation. Do you need a slice of pie? Absolutely. Do you need 3? Probably not.

Decide what IS worth it to you, and HAVE it. Don’t feel guilty, beat yourself up, or wallow in guilt if you miss your workout. Allowing yourself some wiggle room saves your sanity. And as strange as it sounds, knowing that you’re able to indulge guilt free also prevents you from over doing it.

 

 

Most importantly, remember that the holidays are a time for gratitude and celebration. Taking care of yourself will allow you to do better at taking care of others. Don’t sacrifice your health, or your sanity, in an attempt to be holly jolly 24/7.

If you need a break, take it. If you need a cookie, eat it. While it’s easy to get caught up in the stress and whirlwind of the holidays, don’t forget to take a step back and reflect on what’sΒ really important – and your health is one of those things.

Happy holidays Dreamers.

50 Comments

  • Rosanna

    November 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Great and achievable tips, thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 14, 2017 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Rosanna! You as well!

  • Gabrielle

    November 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Ahh this post has served as a (very much needed!) slap in the face haha, I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately and really need to fix that before the festive season hits and life gets busier! Thanks so much for the words of wisdom! Have a great week!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 14, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Sleep is so important! We’re completely guilty of not getting enough of it too, but it makes all the difference in the world when you can! Have a wonderful week!

  • Ankita Bardhan

    November 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Haha I hear you, even I can’t ever say no to holiday food, they are too enticing to let go tbh! But eating in moderation doesn’t hurt I feel. My sleeping schedule is something I lack at the most and yes, from my personal experience I can say it’s really tough to give up on phone during night!
    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 14, 2017 at 1:57 am

      Ugh, it’s SO hard to say no to holiday food! So instead, we say ‘just a little’ haha. Okay, and sometimes it’s more than a little! But it’s all moderation, right? Sleep is the ultimate feel good tool. It’s just magical!

  • Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    November 14, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Great tips! I love all the holiday goodies, but try to keep portions in mind and squeeze in workouts where I can.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:44 am

      That’s honestly the key to success Emily! Lets’ be honest, what are the holidays without the holiday goodies?!

  • Siffat

    November 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    These are such great tips! I think it’s so important to be a little forgiving for the holidays – that doesn’t mean binge, but rather creating a healthy balance!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:44 am

      We completely agree! It’s all about having that cake AND eating it too :).

  • Gemma

    November 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I found it really helpful. Have a great day!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:45 am

      We’re so glad Gemma! You too!

  • Kya

    November 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Awesome tips and tricks. πŸ˜€ I really like that it’s about allowing the time to have some freedom, while still being conscious of a healthier you. πŸ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Exactly! We put way too much pressure on ourselves to stay ‘perfect’ throughout the holidays. It’s all about the balance!

  • wendee

    November 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    thanks for the tips
    The Glossychic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Thank YOU Wendee!

  • Erinn

    November 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips! It’s always a struggle to maintain my fitness schedule during the holidays due to all the family events and traveling. I have such a hard time restricting myself, so I always allow a treat (or two or three) so I don’t go insane!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:46 am

      That’s the best way to do it! The holidays get so hectic, but a little workout is better than none! And giving yourself those occasional streets helps prevent massive binging.

  • Britney

    November 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I love using lavender at bed time. It’s awesome. I admit, I have to have the TV on to fall asleep though.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 15, 2017 at 3:46 am

      That’s definitely a habit we used to be in! And then we moved into a place with no tv and didn’t buy cable haha, so that helped!

  • Katherine

    November 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    SUCH great reminders! I think in the excitement of everything, we forget that this is also the time of year to easily get sick! Love your tips.

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 16, 2017 at 12:09 am

      It’s so true! Thanks Katherine!

  • Bethany

    November 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE this balanced approach! The holidays are not an excuse to go absolutely crazy but no one is going to their death bed regretting eating that piece of pumpkin pie. πŸ˜‰

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 16, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Haha! We love the way you put that. It’s so true! It’s all about the balance.

  • Katya

    November 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I could not imagine how quickly time goes by. It is too fast and furious lol. There is that time again of just filling ourselves up. Advance happy holidays dear.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 16, 2017 at 12:10 am

      You too Katya!

  • Carly

    November 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent tips! I’m a huge fan of eating healthy most of the time and splurging when it’s really, really worth it

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 16, 2017 at 12:10 am

      That’s how we feel too! Stay on track but don’t be afraid to let yourself splurge on the good stuff.

  • zarrah

    November 16, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I believe that sleep is one factor to keep in shape
    Great tips you shared!

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 17, 2017 at 1:01 am

      It’s so true! Good sleep is essential to fitness. Thanks Zarrah!

  • Miriam

    November 16, 2017 at 10:36 am

    It really is important to find a balance between indulgence & staying healthy during the holidays. It is not always easy but you have some great tips on how to do it! Thankfully I have a husband who enjoys exercising & healthy foods so hopefully, we won’t gain too much weight over Christmas πŸ™‚

    Miriam x
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Haha it’s really nice to have a partner with a similar healthy mind set to keep you on track! That way you can remind each other of your goals. I love that!

  • Viola

    November 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Great post, very interesting! πŸ™‚
    Please check out my blog too. That are absolutely stunning photos!

    violaroth.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Thanks lady! We will!

  • Nevena Krstic

    November 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    These are all great tips! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Thank you!

  • the adventurer

    November 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Love this post! Even though my YTT has ended I have still been making time to get on my mat or go to class at the studio so I keep in shape. Lavender is one of my favorites! I bought a essential oil roll with lavender and put it on my wrists before I go to bed or put lavender in my diffuser at night. It’s the best way to relax after a long day =o) I will be indulging in lots of good food but I like to have a quality over quantity diet during the holidays.

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 18, 2017 at 1:36 am

      We’ve been wanting to get a diffuser! And also missing yoga a LOT haha. It’s time to get back into it. We just wish memberships weren’t so pricey! Congrats again on finishing training!
      Balance is the key to the holidays for sure!

  • Eena

    November 17, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Awesome tips and tricks! I find it so hard staying fit or even trying to follow my diet during the holiday season but I’m really determined to make a difference this year.

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

      You’ve got this Eena! The key is just to not be so hard on yourself. Make obtainable goals and cheer yourself on while you smash them! A little discipline goes a long way. And always remind yourself of WHY you’re making healthier choices!

  • Rachel

    November 17, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    These are such great tips! I love this. I’ve noticed that when I sleep more, I’m more likely to make healthy choices and I genuinely don’t feel as hungry. One thing I’d add in here is WATER. I have so much trouble staying hydrated. I think it’s because I’m just not used to it (I should work on that), but I feel so much better and make such better choices when I’m well-hydrated.

    Love your blog! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 18, 2017 at 1:38 am

      It’s so true! Whenever we’re sleep deprived, we ALWAYS crave crappy food. But being rested and ready to tackle the day makes it easier to make better food choices.
      And YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Hydration is crazy important. And most people are walking around chronically dehydrated. We’ll add that in!

  • Heather Rowland

    November 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    This tips are so helpful – I’ll definitely be taking your advice over winter. And I love how you’ve been so realistic with your tips too and allowed for indulgence and relaxation!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Heather! Depriving yourself is just NOT the way to be healthy and happy. We believe in a little bit of everything!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    November 19, 2017 at 4:42 am

    howwwww did i miss this post!?! ugh, i am SO with you on the eating “mostly” healthy train. and you’re right, one day is not going to change your body or ruin the effort you’ve put in on the other days. i think depriving ourselves of all the festivities and delicious food is a mistake, the gym will be there tomorrow and so will the kale!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Ah hahaha we love that! The gym and kale WILL be here tomorrow. But pie?! THAT needs to be savored and ENJOYED. We’re planning to do a turkey trot on Thanksgiving so… that equals more pie, right?!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    November 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I didn’t think that keeping the room dark was that important until I got pregnant a few years ago and couldn’t nap properly in the afternoon!! Now I know it’s suuuper important! I also recently just got into using lavender oils before sleeping and it’s wonderful!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes! I also can’t sleep with any light. And lavender is the BEST!

  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk

    November 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    This is a really good and necessary post to read before the upcoming holiday season, Ben and Susie. I will definitely try to bear them in mind!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      It’s all about awareness and moderation!

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