023: Healthy holidays: Tips for Mental Health, Fitness, and Nutrition for the Holiday Season

Hi friends! We have a solo episode up on the podcast this morning and I’m sharing some of my best tips for reducing stress and prioritizing health during the holiday season. 

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Every time I hear an influencer or an online magazine talk about negating holiday food with exercise, it drives me BANANAS. Once I finished an Orangetheory class, and the coach was like, “Don’t use this as an excuse to eat whatever you want now!” and I wanted to punch a wall. (Not seriously, but you know. It riled me up a little.) Exercise and nutrition are two different things. You can’t delete food with exercise. Eat foods that energize you and that you enjoy, and exercise because you love your body, not because you want to punish it. 

During the holiday season, it can be easy to let our healthy habits slip down the priority ladder, and that’s ok! Sometimes it’s good to scale back a bit. You’ll feel more energized when you get back into it, and it can even enable your body to bust a plateau.

In this episode, I share some of my ideas for making the most out of this busy season:

– protect your mental health

– how to get in a quick workout (especially when the kids are home from school for break) and

– my holiday party and eating strategies

If you take anything from this episode, I hope it’s this: don’t let health and fitness stress you out! Try to prioritize the things that you know are important to you and make you feel good, but really focus on the love and the people around you. <3 The holidays are such a small portion of the year and if you go for a grand scheme of things approach, you can fully enjoy the holidays while still working towards your goals. 

I hope you love this episode, and I’d love to hear how you navigate the holiday season.

What are your favorite tips for sneaking in workouts or focusing on nutrient-dense food when things are busy?

Resources from this episode:

A quick compound circuit you can do with a pair of dumbbells

My tips for meditation

Total body travel workout

Episode 022 all about Intuitive Eating with Anne Mauney

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  1. Kelsey Graf on November 21, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I loved this episode! My usual method on holidays is to get a workout in first thing in the morning, and then a hearty breakfast like loaded oatmeal or sweet potatoes with brussel sprouts and eggs… I find that if I am active and full going into the day, I am able to be a lot more intentional with my splurges.

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