Holiday Light Show and Healthy Tips

This time of year is about celebrations, and food is a huge part of that.

Avoiding great food and decadent desserts isn’t really an option for me. I love desserts too much. I want to enjoy the holidays guilt-free but at the same time, I want to avoid my waistline from growing along with the festive season.

Here are some healthy tips (that I’ve read online and on magazines) that I follow during the holidays. They help keep me sane and help me enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

1.) Keep Exercising – It’s hard to remain balanced when you have a million things to do and gifts to buy. Yet the greatest gift you can give yourself is to stay focused on your fitness goals and get your workout in.  I try to add exercise whenever and wherever I can.  For example, I park my car a little farther way at the malls or when running errands. Exercising helps me better handle the stress of the busy season.

2.) Don’t Turn Shopping Sprees and Baking Sprees Into Eating Sprees – Whenever I bake during the holidays, I keep a few servings of the treats and give everything else away. I usually bake for friends and family so after I do some taste-testing, I either pack it up reading for shipping or freeze them to bring to parties later on.

Because the holiday season is incredibly busy and we always seem to be on the  go, I always bring healthy snacks to help me tide over if hunger strikes. (i.e.a bag of almonds, an energy bar, or dried fruit).  Plan ahead and look up healthier restaurant near the shops I’m going to or better yet, eat a healthy meal before heading out.

3.)  Offer to prepare healthy fare to parties – To guarantee there’s something healthy on the buffet, volunteer to bring it yourself. I often bring seasonal salads, my veggie bars or a dish with plenty of vegetables.  All of which provide flavorful, filling alternatives to foods higher in fat and calories.

4.)  Eat Healthy Balance Meals –  I try to eat really healthy during non-holiday meals so I can still feel indulgent during holiday meals. Take the time to have a decent-sized meals that includes plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of vegetables, all of which will help you feel full and keep your energy up.

5.) Don’t beat yourself up – Quite possibly the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over a bit of holiday indulgence.  We can only do our very best. Mentally beating yourself up will only make you feel worse, which never helped anyone get back to their fitness program.

Remember that a holiday is just a day.  And remember, even if you give in for 24 hours, it’s not the end of the world. Just take a breath and think when you’re within striking distance of holiday goodies.

Holiday Lights

Want to see some very colorful pictures?

These are some pictures that I took during the light show in front of “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland.  It’s a neat light show that they do on the facade of the ride during the holiday season

What a beautiful sight this is.

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But when the show starts, all the different colors just capture your attention.

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{my favorite} – gingerbread house

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Fa la la la la la…la la la la!

Happy  Holidays!

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What keeps you sane during the holidays? Do you have any tips to share?

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Comments

  1. Great tips! I always find a way to fit in my workouts and am all about bringing a healthy dish to the party. The lights are so fun!

  2. I try to act like it is any other day until the main meal comes! Then, I load my plate with protein and veggies first leaving just a little room for the “bad” stuff. Unfortunately my gym isn’t open on Christmas, so I’ll be jumping on my parents treadmill that morning 🙂

  3. Great tips! I try to eat sensibly as I generally have no real interest in most of the unhealthy stuff my family eats, but sometimes it’s almost forced on me… oh well, the exercise part is easy to keep up with at least 🙂

  4. I LOVE this post! I try to stick to these rules as well, though I’ve been a bit more indulgent this week than normal. I have to try to remember to NOT beat myself up about it. one dessert a few days a week while still working out and eating crazy healthy the rest of the time is NOT the end of the world. And it’s all over tomorrow! then I think the baking is gonna need to stop for a few weeks haha.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. My question is how do I refrain from turn gift-shopping sprees into buying sprees for myself? Eating isn’t really my problem this time of the year, as you can see. 🙂

    Happy Holidays my friend! Thank you for your great tips and for your upbeat blog. Love it.

  6. Great tips, Lea! I especially like the one about excercising. I keep telling myself I can eat what I want, but I can’t stop excercising. 🙂

    One great thing I did this year was make a lot of food for Christmas Eve Dinner, intentionally saving some for Christmas morning. That way, I didn’t need to start all over again with making a big breakfast for everyone. (Braised short ribs from Christmas Eve went into a Christmas morning skillet hash.) 🙂

    [K]

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