Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, Jennifer Larsen, Personal Health and Fitness Coach and Owner of Cherry Blossom Fitness will share her five Holiday Health Survival Guide tips to stay on the ball this holiday season!
By Jennifer Larsen
Focus on enjoying family and the celebration rather than the food. Our culture centers so much attention on the food at a celebration and if we can focus on the other reasons and meanings of the celebration it takes a load of pressure of the eating part.
We can even help others by encouraging healthier snacks like hummus and pita slices and fresh veggies, a yummy fruit tray with a low fat whipped dip for them, healthy delicious breads (banana or zucchini), and suggest structured meals instead of all day grazing with a rotating cooking schedule to relieve the burden. You could have healthy homemade soups, veggie lasagna and cultural dishes that are healthier than traditional American celebratory foods. Be creative and enjoy having fun with your friends and family in the kitchen! Make the joy of celebration and enjoying relationships the real focus.
Last, but definitely not least, is compassion. When you diverge from your plan, don’t just throw in the towel. A few mistakes along the way will not make a noticeable dent in your path to health. Giving up entirely, beating yourself up, and swirling into a downward spiral will keep you from living an ultimately healthy life. When you “mess up” or “cheat” forgive yourself, re-commit, and continue on your path of success. Remember a healthy lifestyle is a life long commitment. You’re running a marathon, not a sprint. Try to have perspective when making these big changes for a healthier lifestyle.
To re-sum up what I’ve talked about here is a nice tidy list for you all:
- Have a plan and make a solid commitment to health because YOU are worth it.
- Incorporate “Multi-tasking Fitness” to squeeze in your exercises for the day.
- Be aware of “Discipline Envy” and stay strong to your commitments.
- Focus on the real meaning of the celebration and let healthy foods just be a nice garnish to the real reason for celebrating.
- Practice compassion. Being too hard on yourself can ultimately lead you off your healthy path. Persevere, forgive, re-commit, and continue on!
I hope this helps you all have an enjoyable, tad bit less stressful, and healthy holiday season!
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Jennifer Larsen graduated from Brigham Young University in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Her passion is helping women and pre/post natal fitness and she loves to incorporate meditation and affirmations, lifelong healthy eating habits, and fitness routines that fit easily into busy schedules into her health and fitness plans.