How To Make Your Healthy Holiday Wishes Come True

I really am not ready for the holiday hype–it’s not even my birthday yet! I’ve already had to dust off the #RespectTheBird hashtag to protest early holiday shopping, and I don’t care how cute that Target ad is, it’s still too early! That said, it’s not too early to start planning for a healthy holiday season, so I’m joining the Friday Five link up hosted by Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up for What?! to share my tips.

Healthy Holiday Wishes
My top five tips have a common theme–take care of yourself! It seems so simple, but talk to me three weeks from now when I “still” haven’t done anything to get ready for Christmas and ask me how I’m holding up! 

  1. Stay active. One advantage of working out in the morning is that holiday festivities rarely interfere with my exercise time. Still, it can be hard to get up early if I’ve been out late celebrating or up late baking cookies. On the other hand, I know I will feel better if I keep up with my fitness routine, and going for a run with a friend is a great way to stay sane this time of year.
  2. Eat healthfully. I refer to the time from now through New Year’s as the “holiday eating season.” Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ve got our office holiday party, our office building holiday party, my neighbor’s holiday party, and our neighborhood holiday party, and that doesn’t include celebrations with family and friends. In years past, I wrote off the whole season and threw in the towel on healthy eating until January. Now, I focus on eating healthfully throughout the season with homemade soups, salads, and lots of fruits and veggies, and am picky about what I indulge in. That means passing on the egg nog and saying “no, thanks” to store-bought goods, so I can enjoy my favorite Christmas cookies.
  3. Drink more water. I may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold outside, but I know I get dehydrated from spending more time with the heat on–especially at work where my wall unit blows hot air. It’s tempting to opt for coffee, tea, or hot cider this time of year, but I try to make sure I am drinking enough water to combat fatigue and flush out whatever excesses I’ve indulged in.
  4. Take time to relax. The holidays are supposed to be fun, right? So why are they so stressful? I think it’s because we say “yes” more than we want to, and sacrifice our down time. I’m trying to be more selective in how I celebrate the holidays and making sure I enjoy the quieter moments–taking a walk to see neighborhood decorations, relaxing in the glow of the Christmas tree.  Christmas Tree
  5. Get some sleep. Maybe this should be the first tip, but I know it’s really hard to get enough sleep this time of year. It’s seems I’m either up late shopping, baking, or wrapping, or I’m up late trying to relax and unwind from an evening of shopping, baking or wrapping! But if I let myself get too tired I’ll be too grumpy to enjoy the holidays–or I’ll get run down and get sick. So, I try to get some sleep–even if it takes stealing a nap while my family watches It’s A Wonderful Life

Of course, another great way to stay healthy this holiday season is to participate in the #HolidaySweat challenge. It’s not too late to sign up!


How do you plan to stay healthy this holiday season? 

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17 Responses to How To Make Your Healthy Holiday Wishes Come True

  1. All excellent tips! And I love your #RespecttheBird hashtag – I will be borrowing that one 😉
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Thursday Thoughts – Recovery MadnessMy Profile

  2. I also try to step away from Social Media during the holiday season because it is such a time suck and that gives me more time with family and friends.
    Pam and Christine recently posted…Friday Five: A potpourri of running stuffMy Profile

  3. LOVE that hashtag!!!!! #RespecttheBird I’m gonna use that for sure. Great tips!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…5 Ways to Be More Present During the HolidaysMy Profile

  4. I am with you #respectthebird!! Good tips and drinking enough water is key for me too. Have a great weekend
    Deborah Brooks @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Hungry Root-A New Twist On VeggiesMy Profile

  5. Chaitali says:

    Great tips! We always have tons of junk food around the office from Halloween to New Year’s so I try to keep fruit around to eat that instead and only make exceptions if the treats are really worth it.
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  6. You have to rest! We must sleep and schedule some down time, we often forget we do not have to be gone every night of the week! Only pick the activities that really move us and we have to learn to say NO.
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  7. Sleep and water are two things I Know I lack during this time of year!!!!

  8. Yes! Stay active. If I do nothing else, I make sure to get those runs in. Everything else seems to fall into place after that.
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  9. Kristen says:

    I love this! I find myself saying “yes” way too often during the holidays and make myself way too stressed. And I definitely need to work on #5 a bit more!
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: Five Ways To Stay Happy During the HolidaysMy Profile

  10. I am doing the holiday challenge too, lots of fun ! I was in the US last week and the Christmas candy was right next to the half price Halloween candy. Crazy !
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Friday Five : Staying on track during the holidaysMy Profile

  11. These are all fantastic tips and couldn’t come at a better time! Let’s stay healthy for the holidays!! 🙂
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  12. great tips! i really try to focus on water and rest. rest seems to be the first thing to go and when i’m not rested, everything else goes out the window.
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