A Healthy Christmas: Why and How to Take Care of Your Body During the Holidays

Friends, have any of you ever struggled with just feeling like healthy eating or exercise of any kind is pretty much null and void during the holidays? It just seems too hard, and you don’t want to miss out on anything? Well, I have been there, too, but something has been going through my mind the past few days……

Health still matters, even when life is full and there is sugar everywhere!

WHY you should take care of your body during Christmas:

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (I Cor. 6:19)

WE ARE NOT OUR OWN!  If you have been saved by Jesus Christ, you body belongs to Him, and He asks you to care for the body that is the temple of His Holy Spirit. And guess what? Your body is still this temple during Christmas.

HOW you can take care of your body during Christmas:

-Schedule time to exercise. It might be a couple runs per week, or a few nice long walks, or 5-15 minutes in the morning to do some pushups and situps and stretches. You won’t regret it, and I find that exercising regularly, even during a holiday season, helps motivate me to stay on track with moderate + wise food choices and other areas of health.

-Drink plenty of water! You should drink at least half your weight in ounces every day.

-Take some extra vitamins or herbs. I have been taking one probiotic vitamin (I love this one) and one vitamin C (find it here) before breakfast. I also drink a few tablespoons of warm water with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon molasses when I wake up. Some evenings I take a teaspoon of this magnesium supplement as well- it is good for digestion, sleep, and overall health. This is my personal little arsenal, but you can make your own!

-Limit sweets/junk food. This is a matter of discipline. You can eat whatever you want, or you can have some discipline and not eat every little sweet in sight! Start your mornings with a good breakfast (read my post on breakfast here), and keep healthy snacks on hand such as veggies, nuts, bologna, and cheese. When you go to parties, be the one to take a platter of veggies or a meat/cheese tray. Concerning desserts- you can offer to take a healthy option, or choose one serving of something you really love, or just skip it altogether. Whatever you decide, one of the worst things you can do for your health over the holidays is to eat sweets on repeat, day in and day out.

-Don’t overeat. Whatever you are eating, exercise moderation. It is never right to overeat, not even at Christmas. If you can’t have a little discipline when it comes to food this Christmas, what makes you think you can reach your goals (health and otherwise) in 2018?!

And that’s it, friends. Be encouraged to be disciplined this Christmas; it’s all about choices. I would love to hear from you…please join the conversation in the comment section.

Merry Christmas!


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  1. Ooof. This was excellent timing. Between finals weeks, wrapping up work for Christmas break, two huge Christmas parties, and taking care of a priest who was just diagnosed with brain cancer, the last three weeks have been a mad house. And, of course, there are ten more days of Christmas to celebrate. And New Year’s. I just did my evening exercise routine for the first time in a month, and it definitely felt like the first time in a month. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. I think I might make it my goal throughout the rest of Christmas to feast AND workout.

  2. I always have known that I struggle with overeating, but never thought of it as a matter of lack of self control until recently. Having that perspective adds some motivation to actually take smaller portions, and skip or limit sweets. Thank you for the reminders! -Haleaka

  3. Another very insightful post Alison!
    Sleep is where I always come up short at this time of year, when I’m not working I’m just about living at church…I love the season. Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas.

  4. Thank you for this post, Allison! 🙂 Definitely something I struggle with during the Christmas season but have always hated that it was an area of struggle for me. Your suggestions are very wise – thank you so much! Something that I do that helps me eat healthier at this time of year is to always start my meal with a salad and veggies and protein. I don’t even allow myself to put all the extra carbs and dessert on my plate till after I eat what tastes good AND is good for my body. 🙂 Usually, by the time I’m ready to eat dessert, I’m not hungry any more and it becomes much easier for me to pass by all of that extra sugar!

  5. Thank you Allison! These suggestions are wonderful! I have been working to get healthier this year and would not like to destroy all my progress. By the way, you all were lovely in the live animal Christmas play! Thank you for being a part of that! ~Katie

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