It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Christmas parties. Time with family. Celebrating the birth of Jesus. However, the season comes with its own set of challenges: An unlimited amount of holiday treats. Bugs like the flu spread like wildfire. In the midst of what can seem like holiday chaos, it IS possible for us to take care of ourselves and stay healthy!
Our health is important and deserves time, energy and planning. I like to view every time I make the effort to get healthier as an investment in my marriage, my future kids, my friendships, my future, my career and my ministry. The more you take care of yourself, the more able you are to give to others. I’m excited to take steps together to get healthier this holiday season and beyond!
Here are top five tips to making healthier choices this Christmas:
- Invest in a good water bottle. We all know we need to drink more water, but it can be hard to remember to do! Invest in a good water bottle. You’ll be more likely to remember to carry it with you. When you are at work or running errands, put it somewhere on your desk or in your car where it’s in your view. Visibility helps you think about taking a sip more often.
- Eat your veggies first. Think about creative ways to get more vegetables on your plate, and then eat them first! We usually leave our veggies for last and only eat them if we still have room for them. When we eat veggies first, we fill up more quickly on the nutrient-dense foods on our plates rather than the less healthy ones. Eating more vegetables really makes a difference!
- Schedule your workouts. The holidays can get so busy that hoping to get around to exercise rarely pans out. Schedule it, set a reminder on your phone and do it! By setting aside the time for exercise, you are more likely to actually do it. Treat the scheduled exercise times like you would a work meeting — it’s non-negotiable and you have to prepare for it in your day.
- Set goals with deadlines. When we have a goal in mind, we are more likely to push ourselves and stay disciplined in order to reach our goal! Talk with someone in your community about a realistic goal for you to work toward. Find a 5K next month to train for. Try to attend three group fitness classes per week for the next three months. Take a daily break at work to walk a few laps around the office building. Try to limit dessert to once a week. Whatever it is, make sure it’s realistic, challenging and motivating!
- Invite God into the process. Ask Him what changes you can make. Often we believe being disciplined in our health habits is something we have to figure out on our own, but God actually cares about it! If we ask Him, He will give us the guidance, boundaries, grace and strength we need. Take a moment now to ask Him what change, big or small, you can make. He will give you the grace to do it!
I pray that this is a peaceful, healthy and God-centered holiday for you and your family!
Alexa Wible, CPT
Alexa is the author of Kitchenspired, a blog devoted to creativity and inspiration through cooking and creating yummy meals with good ingredients. You can also follow Alexa and Kitchenspired on instagram!