• Ashley Kelly

Be Kind to Yourself: 5 tips to staying healthy during the Holidays.

Holidays accompany a variety of temptations; how can you resist, while being polite and sticking to your goals? Here are 5 tips for staying healthy during the holidays.

Make Time to Exercise

It's easy to disregard actual work during the holiday season. It's cold outside. You are travelling or entertaining guests. It can be hard to devote time specifically to exercise, try getting in a short workout, ten-minute workouts still get the job done. Try to get your workout in early in the morning so you have the rest of the day to devote to other activities and family time.

Drink Plenty of Water

Our body is made up of 70% of water, and staying healthy is vital for our cells, organs and brain to function. Boozy eggnog, Coquitos, Cider and all the wholesome holiday drinks we love, you know the vibe is out and available, how can we possibly resist? We can get carried away with drinking our treats. It is important to stay hydrated, to prevent hangovers, dehydration, headaches and mood swings. Carry a water bottle in any place to remind you to remain hydrated, try a 1:1 ratio; one bottle of water to every drink you consume.

Take a Moment for Self and stay Present.

During the holidays there can be a plethora of distractions, events and a to-do list a mile long. Take time for yourself to breathe this will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Stay present, and show gratitude during family time, we can get caught about in shopping and eating, but we should also take time to relish in the moment and be grateful for life, health and prosperity.

Balance Holiday Goodies with a Healthy Diet

Balance is key!!! Just like anything else in life, consume in moderation. I advise my clients to enjoy a “treat day” once a week. I advise the same during the holiday. Be open to treating yourself with a dessert. Avoid processed food and prioritize whole foods and leafy greens.

Overall pay attention to your portion size, do not aim to overeat.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Being drained can prompt expanded pressure and low energy leading to poor choices, if you are low energy your body will crave sugary food. Try to get your full rest so that you can be the best version of yourself at friendly gatherings. It’s okay not to attend every event, your friends will understand.


Be kind to yourself! Food guilt can be challenging, and deprivation takes away the joy of food. Try to set reasonable limits but if you do over-indulge, forgive yourself and start again with healthy habits the following day.

Happy Holiday!!

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