Festive Season Health & Wellness

How to be Healthy & Still Enjoy the Festive Season

November 22, 2015
How to Stay Healthy during the Festive Season

The Festive Season is once again looming and our calendars are starting to fill with parties, lunches, dinners and brunches.  It is difficult not to get caught up and forget about the hard work we have put in during the year to lose weight or eat healthy and look after our well-being.

We should be able to enjoy ourselves shouldn’t we?

The downside of over-indulging is after New Year when we come back down to earth after the party season.  Our clothes are tighter, we don’t feel quite so good because of the rich food and alcohol we have consumed and so we start the New Year feeling a little down.


How to Stay Healthy during the Festive Season


The question then is:

How do we stay healthy but still enjoy ourselves at this special time of year?Click To Tweet

I’m all for everything in moderation and I admit that I love baking gifts for the Festive Season and of course the odd glass or three of bubbles!

I don’t want to have to start all over again with fitness, exercise and healthy eating so I’ve come up with a few tips that I use to make sure I can have both – Enjoy the Festivities but still keep my health and fitness in check.

Tips for Staying Healthy & STILL enjoying the Festive Season

1.  Have a small snack before the party.

If you are going to a ‘drinks’ party try to have a healthy snack before you go.  You won’t feel as hungry and so not tempted to eat everything sight!

2. Incorporate Clean Eating Days

If you are VERY popular (LOL) and have many parties to attend try to incorporate ‘clean eating’ days.   Increase your intake of vegetables and fruit to eat a lighter diet.  Have a vegetable juice for breakfast, a salad for lunch and stir fry for dinner.

3. Select your of outfit and get in the party mood!

If you have been watching your weight, or training hard you want to wear something that shows off your good work but also is comfortable.  By selecting something that you know looks good and makes you feel good will subconsciously keep you from over-indulging.

4. Keep hydrated!

Remember to keep drinking your 8 glasses of water per day.  Summer or winter we still need to keep hydrated.  If you like a glass of alcohol make sure you alternate two glasses of water to one glass of bubbly or alcohol.  This will keep the kilojules down and also help avoid a headache in the morning!

5. Keep exercise going!

The Festive Season is not reason to let exercise go completely. Even if it is a brisk 30 minute walk you will feel so much better for it and it will keep your fitness and health on track.  You don’t want to have to start a new exercise program  from scratch in the New Year so try to incorporate some daily exercise.

6. Provide healthier choices

If hosting a party make sure you have some healthier choices such as hummus with carrot and celery sticks instead of crackers on the menu.  Don’t assume that everyone wants to abandon their healthy eating.  Plan to have a combination of healthy food and treats. You will be surprised how people will still enjoy what they term as ‘healthy eating’.

7. Put a healthier twist on baking

Try baking using an alternative sweetener to cut down the kilojoules. I love baking during the Festive Season and usually bake my own gifts.  You can make them a little healthier by using alternative sweeteners instead of sugar.

8. Think before you eat!

Do you really need to eat all of your dessert?  Do you really need the extra few nibblies?  Do you really want to start all over again with your fitness program?

The Festive Season should be a time of peace, joy, love and spending time with family & friends so Enjoy!Click To Tweet

Sending you my love and best wishes to you and your family for a happy Festive Season


Let’s Keep Sizzling

This post was updated in November 2016.

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  • Reply Gina November 26, 2015 at 14:10

    This is such a great idea! It’s definitely a concern for all of us to reconcile the overindulging. It’s so smart to try to have a routine in place so you’re not starting fresh in the new year. That’s usually what I do and I know that I should keep it going. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply sue November 26, 2015 at 17:38

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. It is so much harder to get back on track if you undo all the good that you have done. Moderation is my key and you can still enjoy yourself. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Charlotte November 26, 2015 at 18:43

    Love this! it’s so true – you can enjoy yourself and still be healthy without feeling like you’ve not “joining in” I struggled with finding this balance for ages!! Found you through the life loving linky

    • Reply sue November 27, 2015 at 08:37

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post Charlotte. It is important that we can enjoy ourselves and if we are careful we can still maintain our health and weight during this special time of year. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs November 27, 2015 at 23:22

    Excellent tips. I’m happy that my knee is almost better so I can start moving again. I’ve never worried too much about holiday weight gain because I always kept running. It’s been a bit more challenging with a broken patella!

    • Reply sue November 28, 2015 at 11:19

      Oh Debbie you poor thing! That sounds painful and I bet as a runner you are feeling a little frustrated. Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you are back running around very soon!x

  • Reply Teresa November 28, 2015 at 01:51

    Great ideas for keeping healthy during the holidays! From blog booster party.

    • Reply sue November 28, 2015 at 11:20

      Hi Teresa! Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked my post. Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Life Loving November 30, 2015 at 09:15

    Great tips Sue. It’s so easy to put on a few (or a lot) of unwanted pounds over Christmas. I think it’s the perfect time to get the trainers on and go for some lovely long walks on those beautiful, cold but sunny days.

    I also nearly always give my dessert away. It’s my least favourite part of a meal anyway. I look extra kind and save on the calories 😉

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Reply sue November 30, 2015 at 10:12

      Hi Sally! thanks for stopping by. It is so easy to undo all the work we have put in during the year, but I do think we can have both. Good idea re the dessert and I’d love to be walking in cold but sunny days. We are now going into summer so that means beautiful walks by the beach.

  • Reply Kathleen November 30, 2015 at 19:29

    Sue, This post was among the most clicked on Fridays Blog Booster Party, to celebrate we are going to pre-load it into The Blogger’s Pit Stop rally ready for Fridays opening.

    • Reply sue December 1, 2015 at 12:36

      Oh thank you Kathleen what a lovely surprise and I’m honored to have it mentioned in the first Pit Stop! I love your new idea x

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton December 1, 2015 at 14:49

    Sue, this is a really great list! I didn’t have a big Thanksgiving spread and for Christmas I’ll be doing the cooking, so there will be some things to spoil us, but it will all be fresh and not processed. Now that I’m gluten free I don’t have as many issues gorging when we go to parties, most of the food is not edible to me. Except for the veggies and hummus. Or if I bring a dish that’s gluten free. LOL Sure cuts down on my party foods! Happy holidays my friend! xx

    • Reply sue December 2, 2015 at 09:03

      How are you finding being gluten free?

  • Reply Janelle (JEM) December 5, 2015 at 00:56

    You have perfect points for this holiday season. I have been worried about a huge move we are making a few weeks after the holidays. I have even been told I will be gaining weight when we move back to where our family is all because of the food. I think my grandfather even told me if I don’t eat this way anymore I could just leave again… I know my body will not make it with junk foods or sugary snacks. Your article has reminded me that all my hard work of making sure I eat a clean diet is not for nothing and they cannot make my choice otherwise. My NEW Mantra:
    “I rule my wellness. And NO one but me can make the correct choices for my life BUT me!”

    Thanks for Sharing,

    PS I came by from the Pit stop link party…

    • Reply sue December 5, 2015 at 08:35

      Good for you Janelle! I love your mantra and you stick to it. It is hard when people don’t quite get what you are doing but stay true to yourself and you will be healthy and happy. Hope the move goes well and you don’t stress too much. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt December 5, 2015 at 06:22

    Good stuff Sue! Today I turned 56 and I am tired of fighting the same 20 pounds! I am pretty healthy and this weight is my new normal. I still need to be careful. I’ve never been a twig–always a curvy girl!

    • Reply sue December 5, 2015 at 11:00

      It is all about balance Terri and being healthy not skinny. Happy birthday and you are still Sizzling!!!

  • Reply Jebbica December 7, 2015 at 00:55

    Great tips! Last year I brought a veggie tray to every holiday party. This was more popular at some events more than others.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2015 at 10:17

      All you can do is try Jessica. Some people won’t every want to eat healthy but at least you know you are trying and won’t undo all the good work you have done.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill December 7, 2015 at 15:25

    there is just SO much food available over the Christmas holiday season and it’s so easy to eat more than I should. I really try to keep the desserts to a moderate level and not too many potato chips (my ultimate downfall!) One bonus for me is that I don’t drink, so as long as I stick to the low cal and water I can make up for some of those calories I’ve eaten 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2015 at 16:28

      It is hard and I love potato chips as well. I find though that because I’m running around after everyone I don’t eat quite as much. It is the one time of year though that I enjoy the food and just make up for it with walking or a run to combat the calories.

  • Reply becky December 8, 2015 at 03:32

    Thank you for the tips! I am going to read them before every holiday party I attend! Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2015 at 12:53

      Oh thank you Becky! It is hard if you have a lot of parties to attend. I wish you a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season and thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply Jenn December 18, 2015 at 04:31

    Hi, Sue!

    Numbers 1 & 7 are my all-time favorites. In fact, I make it a point to eat more frequently on days when there is a party, to avoid the mindless munchies. That is what I tell my coaching clients as well. Counter-intuitive, but effective.

    I hadn’t thought to drink 2 glasses of water in between the bubbly. Of course, I usually stop at one alcoholic jolt! ?

    Have a healthy holiday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2015 at 05:11

      Hi Jenn lovely of you to stop by! It is hard at this time of year but I don’t want to undo all the hard work I’ve put in during the year. I love a glass or three of bubbly so need the water in between to keep the calories down and keep me sober LOL:) Hope you visit again.

  • Reply candy December 9, 2016 at 07:32

    Wonderful tips and ideas to making healthier choices this holiday season. After New Years won’t be so bad as it has in years past. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2016 at 20:47

      Thanks Candy it is hard not to overindulge but we can still have a great time without paying for it later.

  • Reply Grammy Dee December 10, 2016 at 06:26

    Great tips Sue! Now if we can just stick to them 🙂 Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Christmas Link Party. We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:37

      Yes it is hard to be ‘good’ at this time of year but a few little tweaks makes all the difference.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward December 10, 2016 at 08:08

    Thank you for being the voice of reason. I have to remember to think before I eat. Because sometimes there are just so many choices and everything looks so pretty and festive. But I am hoping to keep your good tips in mind. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:38

      Yes it is hard to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’ Clearissa at this time of year, however a few little modifications here and there can make all the difference.

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