July 4, 2023

Healthy Holiday Tips

Health + Fitness

Happy Fourth of July! I want to share my top three tips for having a healthy holiday. I don’t know about you, but whenever there’s a holiday or a family gathering that revolves around food, I often end up overdoing it and feeling regret and guilt afterward. But with these tips, you can enjoy your celebrations without compromising your health goals.

Tip #1: Water First

Water should be your go-to beverage during holidays. It’s essential for staying hydrated, and it can also help you avoid overindulging in sugary drinks. My personal goal on holidays is to drink a gallon of water every day. Before I treat myself to a fancy drink or indulge in mocktails and smoothies, I make sure to have 16 ounces of water first. It’s a simple practice that keeps me hydrated and helps me feel fuller throughout the day. Prioritizing water sets the tone for healthier choices later on.

Tip #2: Veggies as Alternatives

When it comes to party snacks like chips and dips, consider opting for veggies instead. They make an excellent alternative and can be paired with guacamole, hummus, or other dips you love. Bringing a veggie tray ensures that you have a nutritious option available. I like to split my intake between chips and veggies, ensuring I eat an equal amount of both. Veggies are not only more nutritious but also more filling, preventing overindulgence in less healthy options. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy your favorite snacks, but adding more veggies to the mix balances things out.

Tip #3: It’s a Holiday, Not a Holi-Month

After the holiday festivities, it’s crucial to get back on track with your healthy eating habits. If you’re hosting the gathering, consider giving away all the leftovers. Having them around your kitchen can tempt you to snack on them for days to come. Out of sight, out of mind! Plus, let’s be honest, many holiday foods don’t taste as great after the first day anyway. Enjoy them on the holiday or during the family gathering, and then distribute the leftovers. This way, you can move on and refocus on your healthy routine without unnecessary temptations.

Remember, the key is not to stress over the holiday itself but to stay mindful of your choices afterward. Starting with water, incorporating more veggies, and getting rid of leftovers will help you stay on track toward having a healthy holiday. You’ve got this! Enjoy your Fourth of July and celebrate while nourishing your body and mind.


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