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How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is great, but it can get pretty stressful. There’s tons of shopping and preparing to do, work is busy and schools are wrapping up final exams. To top it all off, candy canes, gingerbread houses and other sugary treats seem to pop up everywhere. So, with less free time and tempting desserts staring you in the eye, how can you stay healthy during the holiday season? Here are some tips:

Embrace and Enjoy the Elements

If you live in a cold climate, it’s pretty easy to get cozy indoors and watch television or read a good book when winter sets in. That’s all well and good, but being outside during winter can be really fun and rewarding. Try skiing, hockey or a snow run to really break a sweat. Don’t want something that intense? Snowshoeing and snow hiking can be fun and get your heart pumping.

Gingerbread bite made with BiPro protein powder

Pack Your Desserts with Protein  

Just because you want to live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to skip eating dessert altogether. Try adding BiPro Whey Protein Isolate powder to anything from cookiesbrownies or even cheesecake. Protein is a natural appetite suppressant, so implementing it to your dessert recipes will make the treats more filling – keeping you from going back for second and third helpings. If you want a festive dessert idea, try these BiPro Gingerbread Bites!

Have a Snack Before Going to a Holiday Party

Jae Berman, a registered dietitian, wrote an article for the Washington Post outlining ways to avoid gaining weight during the holidays. Holiday parties are really fun, but the snacks at them are usually pretty unhealthy. So, Berman suggests eating before you go to a holiday party:

Take the focus off food

Yes, baking cookies and drinking eggnog are all Christmas traditions, but they don’t have to be the only ones! Start some new traditions that don’t focus on food. Present wrapping, trimming the tree, playing games or taking a winter walk can all be fun traditions that take the focus off of eating.

Stick to your workout routine

When you’re traveling or hosting guests it can be hard to stick to your regular workout routine. You may have to move your workout time to earlier in the morning or later at night. Or instead of driving to the gym, use a workout DVD at your house to save some time. The important thing is to keep moving this holiday season!

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