Trim Your Tree, Waistline and Budget this Holiday Season

Get a plan going now to avoid that holiday buyer's and eater's remorse. We don’t want to wake up January 1st and say, “man I wish i wouldn’t have done that” or spent that. In this episode we talk about having fun through the holidays while keeping health in mind. It's a great time to practice healthy habits with so many opportunities to make a more or less healthy choice!

Having a plan is key. Here are a few tips to stick to your healthy plan:

  1. Focus on friends and family. Don’t make food the center of attention. Instead focus on what the season truly is about, spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude, and being mindful of your actions.

  2. Try to actually relax! Most of us get to have a couple days off from work so try to relax. Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays (R&R!). Also, there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in foods for one evening/meal- as long as your back on track first thing in the morning (drink your Opti-Greens 50 and lots of water).

  3. Don’t forget about the veggies. The power of vegetables shines during the holidays when you’re eating more dense foods (both digestibility and calorically) than usual. Veggies are a great way to create a lot more volume in a dish to fill you up with less calories and tons of nutrients.

Something else to try is a holiday wish list...not gifts, but a wish to-do list to yourself. Write down projects around the house that need to get done. Things you put off in the spring, summer and fall when its nice out and then winter hits and you’re in full blown cabin fever. Use this time to knock out a few projects, burn a few extra calories while you’re at it and feel good about using these dreary winter months to get ahead for your spring-cleaning projects. Clean and organize closets, medicine cabinet and beauty products.

Budgets take a hard hit in December. Try these strategies to avoid holiday buyer's remorse:

  1. Cut back on the “extras”. “Treat yo self” a little less (goodbye for now, Starbucks! See you in January!)

  2. Use cash to buy things. Not credit or debit. You’ll keep a better watch on your spending.

  3. When you’re asked to bring a dish to a party, inventory your fridge and pantry with the #leanliving mindset and see what you can create without having to go out and buy a ton of ingredients.

  4. Use up all of last year's bags, bows and wrap before buying new.

Tune in to hear 8 more tips to get and stay healthy this holiday season. Listen to the full episode here.

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