Whoah! It’s mid October! Am I the only one who has already been humming Christmas tunes to myself? Just say it, yes. But I know I’m not the only one who has already been thinking about the holidays. In fact, I’ve heard from several people already that their time to focus on getting healthier will take place after the holiday season. Wait, what? New Years day is 78 days from now, which is a significant amount of time to build new habits and see improvements in your health.
Too often we think that being healthy means we have to be perfect in our nutrition and exercise, or why even bother? I think this mindset is a very easy trap to fall into, especially getting into the holiday season. There are typically more comfort foods and treats, and free time is focused on family and friends rather than hitting the gym. We tend to travel more, and daily schedules are thrown out of balance to accommodate celebrations. The average American will see slight weight gain during the holidays, and it’s no secret that gym memberships skyrocket after New Years when most people set resolutions and aim to get highly focused on their health.
There is nothing wrong with setting New Years resolutions. But how often have you been pumped up at the beginning of the year for a new start (especially after letting your health go for the entire holiday season), only to have the excitement and dedication dwindle after a few short weeks?
This year, try a new approach! Yes, the year is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on maintaining or even building new healthy habits. The best way to maintain your health while still enjoying yourself through the holidays (and life) is by finding a sense of balance. Challenge yourself to move your body daily, and focus on eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Drink lots of water! Enjoy time with family and friends. Savor treats and don’t beat yourself up for “cheating” on your diet or lifestyle. Sleep a little longer if your body craves rest. Play. Approach the holidays just as you would any other time of year, and find a balanced and healthy lifestyle that you can stick with day after day.
My Favorite Coffee
As the air gets a little cooler (yes, even here in San Diego), I like to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, but I’ve created a recipe that I find delicious and satisfying, and I typically pair it with a piece of fruit for a mid-afternoon snack.
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp organic coffee, ground
- Organic, grass-fed whole milk, to taste (I use about 1 cup)
- Organic pure maple syrup, to taste
- Cocoa powder, vanilla, and/or cinnamon, to taste
In a microwave safe measuring glass, microwave water for about 1 minute on high. Pour the water into french press and add coffee; mix and let brew for 5 minutes (or longer depending on how strong you like it)! Alternatively, you can brew a single serving of coffee with a coffee maker. Meanwhile, pour the desired amount of whole milk into mug; microwave for 1 minute. When the coffee is done brewing, press grounds to the bottom and pour the coffee into mug with milk. Add maple syrup to taste (I use about a teaspoon), or maybe cinnamon, cocoa powder, or vanilla. Stir and enjoy! For a chilled version, skip heating the milk and stick the finished coffee in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.