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.
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