Treat yourself while staying in shape during the Holiday season!


We all know that at the end of the year, Christmas and New Year’s Eve bring together celebrations around warm meals and dinners with family and friends, with a variety of dishes and many sweets on the menu. But stopping yourself from enjoying them is certainly not the answer. Quite the opposite, you shouldn’t feel guilty about letting go and forgetting your diet. In fact, it is possible to eat everything you want during the holidays and still keep a healthy lifestyle. The key is to adopt 3 simple tips and make them part of your daily routine to maintain your shape.

First of all, we all know that during the holidays, exercises are less regular because we feel the urge to rest for a while. However, grocery shopping is still a daily occurrence because there is always something missing at home; milk, mayonnaise, etc. Think of doing your grocery shopping by walking rather than taking the car. This will allow you to have a little regular activity that will keep you active. It is also a good idea to use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. In fact, when visiting family or going to the mall, always consider taking the stairs. This trick will make you feel less heavy and less guilty psychologically and is also a good way to maintain a little activity without really doing any sport. Plus, losing a few calories is never a bad thing, right?

Secondly, it is very important to avoid sodas and fruit juices as much as possible and replace them with water. Sodas and juices will always be in front of us, especially during the holidays, but keep in mind that it is better for you to not consume them all the time. You can drink them from time to time or once every two days, but favor water more often because water is undeniably lower in calories and healthier for you, and it also helps improve your digestion while keeping you well hydrated. If you feel the temptation to drink a can of soda, think of it this way, why not drink water now so I can have my glass of wine tonight without feeling guilty? Trust us, this will help you a lot.

Finally, we find a last tip to help you. It simply consists in replacing biscuits and cookies with crunchy vegetables for your appetizers and snacks. Carrot and cucumber sticks dipped in a mixture of honey and mustard are not as tasty as cookies, but they have the advantage of being lower in calories and lighter on the stomach while being very tasty and good to serve before meals or to accompany your afternoon discussions.

By adopting these three little tips, you will be able to fully enjoy your holidays and treat yourself by eating whatever you want and still reduce the impacts on your shape. This will also allow you to rest while still having small physical activities, which will help you to easily readjust to your eating and exercise’s rhythm once the holidays are over.


Nadine Fardon is from Lebanon, graduated in Journalism and Communication Arts and Major of Promotion in the French Baccalaureate. Full of motivation, she’s a very ambitious and hard-working person. She’s consistently committed to her work and always ready to seize new experiences.

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