Did you know that in a typical American family, the Christmas debt takes more than 3 months to repay?
Christmas is not only a season of festivities, but it’s also the season of excess. From buying presents to throwing family parties, you can be sure that your wallet has gone through a lot.
But this excess-prone behavior doesn’t stop at the money you spend. It affects your entire lifestyle in December, so that the beginning of the new year can feel a little lumpish, to say the least. You’ve eaten too much during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties! For many, it’s time to reset your body clock and rediscover the pleasure of healthy living.
Does it sound more easily said than done? Unfortunately, it’s to be expected: Bad habits are incredibly quick to settle in! But don’t worry; an habit is nothing more than behavior that you’ve repeated until it became an automatic response. All you need to do is to eradicate the bad Christmas habits from your lifestyle.
Sugar is like a drug
Jingle bells, jingle bells and chocolate Santas, candy canes, and sugar-coated Christmas cookies.
It’s impossible not to indulge a little over the Christmas period. Unfortunately, indulgence often means increasing your sugar intake, and that’s where the problem is. Sugar acts like a drug on your brain: It creates more cravings, making it hard to stop. Instead of going cold turkey, you could swap your sweet nemesis for satisfying sugar free snacks. Greek yogurt is a rich and creamy alternative to the fruit-flavored yogurt, and it’s full of healthy proteins. Do you need a quick pick-me-up in the go? Try string cheese instead of a chocolate bar; you get all the yums without the sugar rush!
Use fitness as a habit that distracts you
What does the typical holiday season look like? For most families, days are spent indoors, watching their favorite movies and playing games. Sure, it’s a sweet moment of togetherness. But at the same time, the sedentary lifestyle creates a sense of craving; you eat more because you get bored more often. So start the year with a brand new resolution: Get yourself a bullet journal to plan your healthy journey. As you make yourself accountable for being active, you can experiment to find a fitness program that works for you. Fitness can become a healthy way to kill time – and let’s be honest it beats Netflix any day!
Replace calories and greasy food with fun meals
A lot of healthy resolutions fail early in the year, and that’s mostly because healthy meals can appear a little bland and dull after the fun Christmas extravaganza. Who can blame you? It’s fair to say that your mushroom soup seems flat in comparison to the chocolate yule log. But health and nourishing meals don’t have to look lifeless. You can motivate yourself with attractive recipes – take a look at these bento inspirations from a London-based photographer. You can do healthy, yummy, fun and exciting in just a small box!
Post-Christmas season cravings are common and expected. After a season of excess, you need to be prepared to help your body free itself from those bad habits, from turning to sugar-free snacks to keeping yourself busy.