Healthy Habits to Adopt After the Holidays
Ok, so maybe you’ve been eating Christmas cookies like they’re grapes and you certainly have been trading the gym for an extra hour in bed to sleep off the Netflix binge you had the night before.
It’s ok. You’re human. It happens.
I’d like to think that we all keep our healthy habits during the holidays, but let’s be frank, shall we? The second that family member walks through the door with a platter of homemade treats my self control is GONE. I run, I eat quinoa and vegetables for fun, and it’s the holiday season damnit. I’m gonna eat the cookie.
But then, December 26th rolls around and I’m like, “Ok…back on track.”
So, yeah. Let’s do this.
Let’s talk some healthy habits you can adopt today. Don’t wait for New Years Day or for the pumpkin pie to be gone. After all, healthy habits don’t mean never eating a piece of pie again. We’re talking about strengthening your mind, body, and soul to give you the best mental health and energy in preparation for 2017! It’s gonna be a great year.
Start having a glass of water first thing when you wake up
Get that metabolism going, girlie! Imagine not drinking water for 7-10 hours. Ugh. Well – that’s what happens when you sleep! So replenish and renew your body before you even scroll through Instagram to like the New Year’s kiss pictures.
Find a workout you love
Here’s the thing: you won’t workout and get your body moving if you dread it every day. Find something you like doing. If you were to tell me, “Hey, Cristina – I really only like working out when I do jumping jacks around my backyard and sing the alphabet backwards.” I’d be like – GREAT! OK! DO THAT! Haha. It’s really about what’s going to bring you joy when you lace up your sneakers.
Nows a great time to take advantage of holiday deals and New Year’s packages at gyms, cycling studios, barre studios, etc. Find something that gets you excited to exercise and schedule it each week!
Spend the first hour of your day social-media free
This is something I’m trying to do! It doesn’t necessarily make me unhappy to scroll through Instagram and Twitter first thing in the morning, but it does make me less productive. I want to spend that time drinking my water, having my coffee, reading a good book, or doing some creative writing. Try this with me and see how it boosts your happiness and health!
Craft your ultimate healthy grocery list
I have to recommend my healthy college grocery list for you guys. And if you’re fighting off any anxiety or depression, you should definitely read my Food for The Soul post on the anxiety diet! I’ve also recently been cutting gluten out of my diet here and there because it’s been a lot better for my anxiety and persistent stomach issues. I have a long-living grocery list on my phone that I can whip out anytime I need to! I also try to eat those good, healthy foods when I go out to eat.
Find freedom from your healthy habit haunters!
I’d categorize your “healthy habit haunter” as that one thing that you find so hard to give up, but know you should! For me a couple years ago, it was Diet Coke. I had 2-3 a day and it actually made me feel terrible, but I was pretty much addicted to it. One day I just woke up and decided it was time to be free of Diet Coke! I didn’t buy it at the grocery store, I didn’t order it at a restaurant, and now I don’t ever even have a hankering for it.
I’m not saying to restrict yourself from something. If I wanted to have a Diet Coke on special occasions or while traveling on an airplane or something, that would be totally ok. I just don’t want to feel like I’m a slave to it and that I can’t give it up for a while!
Practice making healthy meals
I know many of you may be for the holidays, so you’re not having to cook your own meals or eat at the dining hall. Try to use this time to perfect some new healthy recipes that you can make when you’re back at school! Search Pinterest for inspiration and have fun!
Decrease your caffeine intake
I’ve been trying to do this for a while now, but fell off the wagon during finals week. I’m using this time over the holidays to get back down to 1 coffee a day or less! I try to have green tea in the morning and lemon water for natural energy throughout the day. I even focus on getting a better night’s rest, so I don’t feel like I have to have coffee. You should try this, too!
Which healthy habit will you try to adopt?