Well hello there 👋🏼! I’m so happy to be back here with you after a week off of the blog.
With the launch of my poster series (thank you SO much for all of your sweet messages!), I wanted to let the news settle for a little while.
It’s been SO exciting packaging my first poster orders, and receiving messages from Real Life Customers receiving their prints!
All of the little details like parcels, the Post Office and (even!) updating the inventory make me smile. I’m treasuring these first few moments as a ‘shop owner’!
Have you had a peruse of Monica Beatrice Shop already? Eep! I’m excited for you to do so!
The shop launch aside, it’s now officially FULL festive season, and today Chelsea’s lending her take on approaching it with your health goals still in mind.
I’m delighted to open up the floor to the sage that is Chelsea, for her take on: 3 Potentially Unhealthy Holiday Temptations and How to Handle Them.
Can you relate already?! I know I’m taking all of this on board as I prep for my first holiday parties this week.
Over to Chelsea!
Love, Monica x
3 Potentially Unhealthy Holiday Temptations
How to Handle Them
Oh, holidays! A time that’s filled with love, family, friends, celebration
. . . and sometimes, guilt.
For me, it’s forever been a tricky time.
On one hand, I’m on a high from the holiday spirit. And on the other, I’m constantly down on myself for overdoing X Y or Z.
The fact that the holidays are – in general – one of the busiest times of year, the weather is not the best, and the food and drink selections are hard on your body, the season of giving can also feel heavy.
As I continue to make strides in becoming a healthier individual, I’ve honed in on making this holiday season one to be proud of.
Armed with ways to handle the most tempting situations, I hope that these solutions below can help you to navigate your festive season too. Here we go!
Situation 1: Sugar overload
Recently, I’ve taken inventory of the impact sugar has on me.
Shocker, it’s not good.
If I don’t get a headache instantly, it’s sure to pop up the next morning. And my energy levels are completely tanked for the next 24 hours when I overdo it.
Since the holiday season is usually packed with cookies on every counter – not to mention chocolate croissants for breakfast, mimosas to start the day, and champagne to end it – sugar can end up consuming your body, mind, and season.
“BUT I LOVE SUGAR.” you say? Me too!
How To Handle It
To not cut sugar out completely but to still feel healthy, here’s what I do:
If I’m going to a holiday event, I limit my small sugar dose to one time of day (‘tis the season, after all!).
If I’m waking up with my family to celebrate Christmas, you know I’m eating a cinnamon roll for breakfast. But I’ll skip the sugary drinks at lunch and the cake after dinner.
Be mindful of how much sugar you’re consuming, and I guarantee you’ll be thankful you did.
Situation 2: Flowing drinks
Wine is one of my favorite things, and sharing a nice glass of red over dinner with loved ones tops my happy list in life.
Alcohol, in general, can bring people together in a time of celebration. Toasting to a new year only seems right!
For me, the holidays almost flows simultaneous with drinking, so I know firsthand how hard it is to skip.
But it’s also a real downer in terms of calorie overdosing, sugar consumption, and those pesky things known as hangovers. Top a hangover with the anxiety that now accompanies them for me, and it can easily ruin an entire day.
How to Handle It
If you want to drink but aren’t looking to be excessive, sign up for an early workout class the next day that involves a cancellation fee. I’m pretty frugal, so this usually limits me to one drink.
The thought of cardio, wasted cash, and a hangover rarely sounds as appealing as the next glass.
If you want to skip booze completely (which is a good idea most nights of the week), be the DD. Putting my life – and others’ – in my hand is a sure way to skip drinking.
I like to make a yummy seltzer and lime (maybe a splash of soda if I’m feeling crazy) to still have something quenching to sip on.
Cheers to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day – and to being responsible!
“I’ve been setting my alarm clock earlier
to get my workouts done first thing.
Then, a busy schedule or a low-energy afternoon
can’t stop me from staying active all season long.”
Situation 3: Too Busy To Exercise
I’m the queen of excuses when it comes to working out – I just washed my hair! I better not overdo it! I’ll only get 8 hours of sleep if I wake up that early! IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!
But skipping workouts for the entirety of the holidays is basically halting physical activity for 2 months. Not the smartest idea if health is a priority!
How to Handle It
My fiancé doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to be my workout buddy 😉!
Enlisting in a friend to keep you both accountable will be a major asset, just make sure it’s a friend that will do more motivating than talking you out of things.
My guy goes to the gym 5x a week (#showoff), so I know I can count on him.
I’ve also been setting my alarm clock earlier than usual to get my workouts done first thing. Then, a busy schedule or a low-energy afternoon can’t stop me from staying active all season long.
Lastly, if weather permits, walk more! So often we (me included!) drive places on auto-pilot, without stopping to think about distance. If you’re heading to work, the store, or a friend’s party and it’s less than a mile, lace up those sneakers. Especially if all you’ve done all day is sit behind a desk.
What’s Your Take?
Feeling more adapt for a healthy, happy holiday season now? I hope so!
Please let me know what you do to avoid or lessen the temptations that holidays bring. I’d love to hear!
Love, Chelsea x