Now that the holiday season is in full swing it can be difficult to stay motivated and continue working out and eating healthy. The lack of time we have for ourselves and our health during the holidays can leave many of us feeling tired, and nervous that we will lose motivation. However, this does not have to be the case! Here are some tips to help keep you stay motivated, focused and healthy, while still enjoying all the holiday fun.
Tips For Eating Well During The Holidays
If this is your first time back at home for a proper Christmas holiday since the pandemic started then you might really be looking forward to mom’s famous turkey dinner and grandma’s tins full of Christmas treats. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to eat healthily and find balance during the holidays so you can indulge and enjoy.
Don’t Show Up On An Empty Stomach
We’re not saying eat before you arrive, that would be rude! But make sure to have a large enough lunch or breakfast so you don’t show up to a holiday party starving and ready to eat anything that crosses your path. Binge eating can happen more easily when you haven’t eaten all day.
Ideally, you will find a way to get in a lot of nutrients and immune support before indulging in holiday foods and treats. With Aila’s energy supplements you can ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs before arriving at the holiday party and will tie you over before you dig into the more hearty foods. After a smoothie blend of our superfood powders, you will show up ready to make the best decisions for your body.
Additionally, our superfood powders are natural energy boosters and immune support supplements which can help you digest holiday goods while avoiding inflammation. Drinking Aila’s superfood blends before your holiday meals not only helps to fill you up just enough before dinner time, but also helps support your immune system and a healthy gut.
Settle Far From The Snack Table
Try not to choose a chair right beside the snacks or appetizers if you are trying to watch your sugar and salt intake. This will tempt you to continuously snack throughout the night, sometimes without even realizing you’re doing it and you risk getting full on junk food rather than the protein, healthy fats and carbs that will be served for dinner . Those cheese platters or bowls of chips can get the best of us!
If you know you are going to be tempted by all the treats then try the out of sight, out of mind method. Keep your hands busy with a cup of tea or warm apple cider. Focus on talking with your family, friends and catching up with loved ones.
Make Healthy Food Substitutions
If you are one of the chefs of the family that will be helping to make all the food and snacks, then you have a bit more control over the ingredients used. Protect your friends and family’s heart health without them even noticing they are eating something less fatty or salty.
The best way to make traditionally unhealthy meals a bit healthier is to cut out butter, cream, lard, etc. Instead try to use vegetable oils, ghee, greek yogurt, apple sauce, and other healthy food substitutions. Also, try to avoid red meat and focus on the turkey instead! Maybe even try a nice holiday fish recipe or vegan food options this year as well. No doubt there are many delicious and healthy options to try this year. Not only will this be healthier for you, but it will be a time to get creative and introduce yourself and family to new options.
Avoid Alcohol On Empty Stomach
Drinking alcohol is one of the fastest ways to make unhealthy food decisions. Many of us can relate to late-night fast food consumption after a night of drinking. So if you’re heading to a holiday party make sure to eat a large meal before consuming alcohol. This can help you to avoid snacking or craving food, and also helps you avoid a hangover! Win-win.
Tips For Fitness Motivation During The Holidays
Some of us are able to maintain a fairly normal workout routine during the holiday season, but if you travel it might not be so easy. Here are some tips to help keep you motivated while still ensuring that you are enjoying your holiday break.
Get Moving Whenever Possible
Don’t overthink it! Just make sure you are moving whenever possible. If you are heading home and staying with mom and dad, or having company over, this doesn’t mean your entire routine needs to be disrupted. Wake up every morning during the holidays and head out for a walk, do some yoga, or head to the gym if possible. Staying in some sort of a routine will help you jump back into your regularly scheduled workouts after the holiday break.
Going home for the holidays is a great time to catch up with loved ones. Talking and bonding on long walks is a great way to get some exercise while spending quality time with loved ones. After all, that is what the holidays are all about!
Consistency Is Key
When it comes to working out the most important thing is consistency. Consistency is more important than intensity. You don’t need to do a HIIT session or spin class during the holidays to maintain your health. All you need to do is to ensure you’re consistently making healthy decisions. Stay hydrated, move for at least 30-50 minutes per day, and choose healthy foods.
If you’re able and looking to increase your workout intensity, then let Aila help! Aila’s superfood powders are natural energy boosters that can help you stay motivated to work out. Our energy supplements are full of organic caffeine and other natural energy boosters that can give you that jolt you need while avoiding the caffeine crash.
If you’re looking to lose weight for your New Years’ resolution remember it won’t happen overnight. Begin to make small changes to your lifestyle and food habits. Health and weight loss is not an all-or-nothing thing. Begin drinking more water, move your body more, and make conscious decisions about food. Don’t change everything about your life, especially during the holidays. That could be the quickest way to lose motivation.
Something is better than nothing. Don’t beat yourself up for eating Christmas cookies and eggnog. Keep moving forward even if you feel like you’ve not been making progress. Doing something healthy for your body every day helps build a habit. Slowly you can change and add more and more healthy habits each day.
Have a Super(food) Holiday Season!
If you’re reading this blog then you’re already putting yourself first, which is the best thing to do. Remember, it is no one’s body but yours. So it’s important to make the best decisions for you that make you feel your best! Aila superfood powders are here to support you throughout the holidays. Our energy supplements are natural energy boosters, immune boosters, and packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, and superfood ingredients.
Throughout the holidays begin your day on the right foot with Aila’s superfood powders. That boost of energy can be just the thing you need to stay motivated and get your body moving! Our energy supplements are also the perfect stocking stuffers.
Select from our matcha flavored Energy + Focus superfood powder blend or our peach flavored Energy + Immune Support superfood powder blend. You can also purchase our sampler pack and offer samples to friends and family.
If you’re interested in reading more about eating habits and motivation check out our recent blog post: Tips To Achieving Healthier Eating Habits.