(Not) Home For The Holidays
It’s here! Your Christmas tree is glowing with its bright colored lights. The smell of fir-scented candles are in the air. We call it “the most wonderful time of the year” but we are on the go and not home for the holidays.
We may appear to be ready. But, can anyone really prepare for the pace? It seems like time speeds up December 1st. It goes something like this; decorating, shopping, baking, school concerts, church plays, parties with friends and family.
Then Christmas OCD (Obessive Compulsive Disorder) sets in. Re-decorating, more shopping, baking some more treats, wrapping presents, finding the tape, scissors, ribbon, bows. Making each package look just right.
Amidst this three weeks of Christmas frenzy, what often falls to the wayside?
Health and fitness? No way!
We all have our normal life schedule patterns that we follow. Yet we can’t avoid making changes in our schedules and habits.
Keep it simple and practical. Make some choices about what you can spend less time doing this month. You might not have time for your normal, full workout routine, but you can reduce the time spent and do fewer reps than typical.
Holiday celebrations only come once a year. I refuse to spoil my fun with guilt about indulging in buttery, sugary, cheesy, chocolate delights. I try to indulge in a sensible manner, not be a gluten! If you have to, go to fewer parties.
If you want to enjoy the holidays without straying too far from your usual healthy habits, I’ve put together some tips, recipes, and shortcuts to make it easier. Here’s to a season of slight indulgences, well-deserved breaks, and lifelong memories!
Most important thing of all. Enjoy your self!
(Not) Home For The Holidays Tips
Road-ready. If you’re traveling for the holidays, pack some extra nutrition in your luggage. A shaker bottle and Complete protein shakes and supper food to give you power such as Juice Plus+ chewables or capsules.
I put my Juice Plus+ capsules in sandwich bags instead of taking the whole bottle with me.
There are lots of options to take your nutrition on the road with you.
Yes to YouTube. There are a vast selection of fitness videos online, including some killer 10 to 30 minute workouts. Whether you are into yoga, body-weight resistance, or light weights, there’s a workout that fits your needs.
One of my go to sites is HealthyLivingRevolution.com/. This website is jam packed with healthy living information, tips, workout videos, recipes, and more!
Make smart swaps. If you’re like me, you roll your eyes at all the morning talk shows telling you how to cut out calories at holiday parties. Who really does that? No me! There’s is no fun in that.
Instead, make some simple substitutions in your regular diet to accommodate the occasional indulgence throughout the season.
- Try riced cauliflower as a substitute for regular rice (white or brown).
- Make a batch of Paleo muffins (this recipe is a favorite).
- Replace empty-carb pasta with lentils or black bean varieties.
Home For The Holidays Sugar Busters
If your sweet tooth is relentless (you’re not alone), try tricking it with these super-simple, healthy treats:
Recipe courtesy of Tracy Irwin
- 1½ cup rolled oats
- 2½ tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1/3 cup honey
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup almond or cashew butter
- 2 scoops of Complete by Juice Plus+ French Vanilla
Add all ingredients to the food processor and blend until well mixed. Roll into bite-size balls and enjoy!
CHOCOLATE-COVERED COOKIE BITES
Recipe courtesy of Sherry Huddleston
- 1 cup Complete by Juice Plus+ Dutch Chocolate
- 3 cups dairy-free, semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup organic peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup honey
- Melt chocolate chips over medium heat over a double boiler.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients until well combined.
- Roll into 1” balls and dip them in the melted chocolate and put on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
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