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10 Healthy Hacks for the Holiday Season

November 20, 2017
We’ve rounded up our top healthy hacks to help you navigate the festive fun!

The holiday season is upon us, which means lots of parties, traveling and time with family and friends. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but the holidays can take a toll on your health if you aren’t careful. We’ve rounded up our top healthy hacks to help you navigate the festive fun!

Holiday Parties 

BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)
We would never suggest you skip the buffet and eat out of Tupperware at a party, but if you are attending a holiday dinner or party close to home, reach out to the host or hostess in advance and offer to bring a dish to contribute. Then, prepare your favorite healthy side dish, bring a high protein meat and cheese platter, or a vegetable tray so you know there is at least one dish you can snack on.

Eat the Salad
We know salads are easy to skip over at holiday parties, but don’t! It’s an easy way to sneak in fresh vegetables during a season where vegetables aren’t always prepared in the healthiest way. Be careful of salad dressings and non-vegetable toppings, as they can add up quickly. Opt for olive oil and vinegar instead of bottled salad dressings that are likely loaded with sugar, and skip the croutons in favor of even more fresh veggies.

Sip on Water
We love a festive cocktail as much as you do, but we also know that staying hydrated is the difference between to making it to the gym the next day and lying in bed with a headache. To avoid a hangover that sidelines you from holiday brunch or your workout, make sure you are drinking water before, during and after the party. Having a glass of water between cocktails makes a huge difference in how you feel the next day and helps your body recover.

Make Time for the Gym
While there will be plenty of holiday parties and get-togethers taking up your time and impacting your normal schedule, you should make time for your fitness routine. Even if you miss a few more days than you usually do, sticking to a somewhat normal routine throughout the holidays will make it easier to get back into your routine come January.

Healthy Holiday Travel

Pack Snacks
There is nothing worse than planning to grab a snack in the airport only to get stuck in an extra-long security line and run out of time. Plan ahead by bringing your own healthy snacks with you just in case.

You can bring fruit, salads and even single serve packets of protein through airport security, so you have no excuse not to have healthy snacks with you. Don’t forget an empty shaker bottle for your protein, you can fill it up at a water fountain for a nearly free and entirely satisfying snack!

Get a Workout in at Your Destination
You can’t workout if you don’t have your gym clothes with you! Don’t forget to pack your favorite workout gear so you can go for a run, resistance train or get in a met-con while visiting family and friends.

Being away from your favorite gym doesn’t have to stop you from working out. Many gyms offer a day pass or, if you can’t get to a gym, there are plenty of bodyweight movements you can do in your hotel room or living room. Small, travel-friendly resistance bands are also a great option for on-the-go workouts.

Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
Your daily vitamins are easy to skip when packing, but don’t! Staying consistent helps keep your body running at its peak, which you’ll need to get through the holiday season. Use a travel-size pill box or even a zip-lock bag to bring only what you need so the bottles don’t take up precious space in your suitcase. Fish oil is especially important to take daily because it builds up in your cells, so be sure you have a travel size 2 oz. bottle of S03+D3 Fish Oil on hand for holiday travel and beyond.

Hydrate
Yep, that’s right, it’s so important we said it twice! Air travel is dehydrating, so make sure you pack a reusable water bottle to fill up once you get past airport security. Sip on it throughout your flight to help fight jetlag and arrive at your destination in the holiday spirit!

Holiday Dinner

Protein and Veggies First
When preparing your plate for the big feast, pick carefully. Start with your proteins and your vegetables before adding starches. This will ensure you are getting plenty of nutrient dense food, while still leaving room for holiday indulgences in moderation. Which brings us to…

Don’t Feel Bad about Indulging
The holidays only come around once a year, so don’t feel bad about eating a cookie or 5 on the big day. As long as it isn’t an everyday occurrence during the season, one day of treats won’t derail your wellness plan.

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“Paleo Nick” Culinary Ninja

“Paleo Nick” Massie is a gym owner, explorer, family man and professional culinary ninja. He is passionate about food and fitness and continues to explore the intersection of the two.

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