“It’s the holidays!”
This is one of the most common excuses I receive for bad eating beginning before Thanksgiving and not ending until mid to late January.
Let’s be very clear. The Holidays are NOT beginning late November and ending in January. The Holidays have a few days in 2 months time that may be ‘bad eating and drinking’ days. Thanksgiving is typically one meal, and that meal at it’s worst is very high sugar and high carbs. How can one meal ruin all positive progress forward? It can’t. Don’t let the excuses ruin your year’s worth of work. Start 2019 in the best end of year health you have ever been in.
Step 1 for the Holidays: STOP USING THEM AS AN EXCUSE TO BE UNHEALTHY.
The next part of the Holidays, which I consider a bit more of a real issue, is the alcohol and socializing with family and friends. This is one of the things that makes Holidays truly fun. What are the best things you can do to buffer the alcohol effect of the holidays and stay on tract with your health goals?
CREATE A PLAN & TAKE SOME LIVER SUPPORT. The holidays are not an excuse to let every good habit you spent the whole year creating fall away. Advaclear is the best detox focused supplement I have found, and it is the first and foremost non-negotiable for the Holidays. It keeps the liver as peak as it can be.
WATER. Drink 1 gallon a day. Everyday. No matter what. This will ensure you are trying to stay hydrated and also give you a very easy healthy habit to follow, while some of the other habits may be falling away.
EXERCISE. Do it. Everyday. Do not ever skip a workout. No matter how bad you feel. Work out if you are tired. Get moving. Exercise is the best habit or activity to do to help you feel better, less depressed (alcohol is a depressant) and keep your mind in a healthy place.
BREAKFAST. Do it. Do something, everyday. Do not ever skip a day. No matter how bad you feel. Work out if you are tired. Get moving. Exercise is the best habit or activity to do to help you feel better, less depressed (alcohol is a depressant) and keep your mind in a healthy place. It doesn't have to be a full, intense workout. Sometimes getting outside for a 30 min walk, doing yoga or mobility work or playing a sport with friends is better than an hour at the gym.
WAKE TIME. Get up at the same time every single day. This will be the hardest of all the tips. If you can master this, you will master the Holidays. Waking at the same time every single day will keep your body’s rhythm in check. Yes, there will be days you don’t want to get up. When you force yourself to do so, you will feel accomplished and probably make better decisions throughout the day.
Remember, everyone is in 100% control of their lives. If you want to master the Holidays, have a great time and enter 2019 looking and feeling like you want to feel, this is the most basic of plans to get you there. Life isn’t about 100% enjoyment all the time. It is about putting in a lot of work and getting 1000% enjoyment out of the activities you choose to do. Work a little bit and when you play, play hard!
Be healthy people.