How To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 7, 2009

Good morning!

Well last night was interesting to say the least!!

Eric and I waited for my CTV News Interview to air at 6pm. We waited, and waited, and waited, and then it was over without my interview being aired. I guess they got their wires crossed with the air time. Around 10pm on Sunday, I got an email from a reader saying that the interview aired in British Columbia!!! lol. We checked the 11pm National CTV News as well as the 11:30pm Toronto News, but there was nothing. I am guessing it will air tonight in Ontario at 6pm!? I’m still waiting for confirmation. I will Tweet about it today when I find out!


How To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays

For many people, the last few weeks of the year are often the most indulgent in terms of snacking, big meals, desserts, and easing up on the exercise routine. For years, I struggled with trying to find a balance between enjoying the pleasures of the holidays while still feeling healthy and energetic. I finally feel like I am at a place where I can find a good balance during the holidays and I’d like to share with you some of my favourite tips!


img_0956 1. Stick With Your Exercise Routine
If there is one thing I try to always stay consistent with, it is exercise. Exercise sets the tone for the day and helps me make healthier decisions all day long. As soon as I feel like I have fallen off the wagon, I want to drop exercise and all other healthy intentions like a bad habit. It is easy to fall off the wagon, so I try to stick with it even when traveling. I will often call ahead to a nearby gym and see if I can get a free trial pass for a few days when I am away and I always bring my workout clothes, sneakers, and a workout DVD wherever I go. Most of the time I get up before the rest of the family is awake and I squeeze my workout in. Other times I ask family members to join me!
However, some days I won’t be able to get in my normal workout and that is understandable! If this is the case, I will try to do just 15 minutes of activity like a simple walk around the block or strength exercises like Whittle My Middle. Some exercise is better than no exercise. It all adds up and gets the endorphins flowing!

2. You Don’t Have To Attend Every EventIMG_7035
In previous years, Eric and I have committed to more holiday events than we really had time for. This resulted in an overbooked calendar and not enough time to just kick our feet up and unwind. What works for us now is to pick one or two holiday parties to go to. This year, we decided that we are going to host our own party and that is it. My advice is to only commit to what you can and what you really want to attend. Less stress means that I will tend to make healthier food choices which is always an added bonus.

 IMG_16533. Get Your Sleep
The amount of sleep I get builds the foundation for how healthy my day will be. I always try to get around 7.5-8 hours of sleep. When I am fully rested I don’t get as many cravings for high calorie and high fat foods and I have more energy to workout. If I get less than 7 hours of sleep, I know it is going to be a tough day to stick to my routine and I can pretty much guarantee I will be reaching for nutritionally void carbs all day long no matter how good my intentions are.

IMG_7770 4. Bake Healthier
This was a tip I gave in Self Magazine. I always try to make healthy swaps when baking traditional recipes. This year I will probably make my Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Vegan Sweet Potato Pie for Christmas. I will also be making some healthy cookies and lots of Glo Bars to share with family and friends.

5. Fill Up The Tank With FiberIMG_2849
When I am at a holiday dinner, I try to eat a lot of vegetables. They are high in water and fiber. I love filling my plate with vegetables and crunching away. The fiber in them won’t fill you up for a long time, but they will carry you from cocktails to the dinner table without feeling too famished. I try to aim for healthy foods to make up 75% of my plate and splurge foods 25%. If I am going somewhere I always try to bring one healthy option with me.

IMG_1788 6. Pick Your Poison
Sugary drinks give me killer hangovers so I try my best to stay away from cocktails and margaritas, no matter how delicious they look. I try to stick to red wine or light beer and drink a glass of water in between each drink that I have. This keeps me hydrated and headache free most of the time. However, even with the best intentions I overdo it with drinks, and this leads to Backup Plan B. ;)

7. Bring A Food Stash
Whenever I travel somewhere, I always pack a food stash. Healthy options can be far and few between, especially at gas stations or in remote areas.
On trips, I always pack: Vitamins (Vitamin C, D, Calcium.Magnesium, B12), Glo Bars, apples, bananas, almonds, Mary’s Crackers, Amazing Grass Powder, and Sencha Green tea. No matter where I am, I know that I have a healthy option on hand.

IMG_3069 8. Don’t Deprive Before Or After
In the past, I used to deprive myself in the meals leading up to a big holiday dinner and in the meals following a big dinner. This resulted in a couple things: 1) It made me grumpy and irritable, and 2) It led to over-eating. I have now learned to just eat normally before and after holiday meals. I eat my regular sized breakfast and lunch. I no longer feel that I have to deprive myself just because I am going to have an indulgent meal. The bigger deal you make out of the holiday meal, the more stress-inducing it will be. Just treat it was any other meal and enjoy it!

9. Eat Whatever You Want, But Eat Slower Than Normal
During holiday meals, I always eat what I want and how much I want, but I try to eat slower than usual. I am usually a fast eater, so if I try to enjoy and appreciate the food, I find that I notice my ‘full signal’ much sooner. Eating slower during a social gathering is usually very easy since I am usually engaged in conversation anyways!

IMG_2903 10. Lose The Guilt
Even with the best of intentions, I typically always over do it at least once during the holidays. ;) I have learned that the best way to get over it, is to just accept it for what it is and carry on with my day as normal! I try to get in a good workout first thing in the morning and guzzle a Green Monster and I am usually feeling back to my old self by lunch time. As I mentioned in Tip #8, I don’t deprive myself after a splurge anymore. I just carry on as normal and try not to think about it. It really isn’t the end of the world if I get off track for a day or two. The sooner I realize this, the happier I am!

11. Lose The All Or Nothing Mindset

All those years, I was sabotaging myself by saying, ‘Don’t worry, on Jan. 1st you will get back on track.’ I realized that this was the classic All or None Thinking. I needed to stop seeing the holidays as black or white or good or bad. I learned that I could still make healthy choices throughout the day even if I was going to have an indulgent meal. Just because I had two slices of pie and half a box of chocolates doesn’t mean the rest of my day or week can’t be based around healthy decisions. Remember, each decision is a FRESH decision!


What part of the holiday season do you find the most difficult to stick to your healthy behaviours?

Have you learned any tips on how to stay on track?


I’m off to bake…for those of you who have been asking, holiday orders started to ship out last Friday. I will be shipping them out in the order that I received them. You will receive a tracking number when your item ships out to confirm everything.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 7, 2009 at 10:04 am

Great post! This is definitely something that I need to see during this time of year– it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by all of the “comfort and joy.”

Regular exercise definitely helps keep me on track (and sane) during the holidays. Number 11 is also crucial for me– I have such a tendency to throw in the towel on eating healthy during this time of year, and think, “Oh, I’ll make up for it in January.” But how nice it would be to not have to “make up” for anything and just enjoy the New Year with a fresh, healthy mind and soul!


Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 7, 2009 at 10:04 am

SUCH good tips :-) I really like what you said about “every decision is a fresh decision.” It’s very hard to control healthy habits over the holidays especially while traveling and being out of a comfort zone. For me, road trips can be tough. Thanks again for the great advice. Finding your blog has been such a positive thing in my life. Have a good day!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

Great tips!!


AGS December 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Great tips — particularly exercise and SLEEP.


Michelle @ Eatingjourney December 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

LOVE IT! I have totally overdone it while being home. I can feel it. The guilt and disappointment is eating away at me. I love the exercise tip and they ‘all or nothing’. I have lived in an ‘all or nothing’ world for a long time. It gets amplified in these types of situations and it doesn’t have to. Thank you for writing this :)


Jessie December 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

Love this list! I always try to pack some of my own snacks when I travel. I like feeling like I have control over when I am eating (and being fed) when in situtations when I really don’t have much control (like at the in-laws).


Kate December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

Love the tips – definitely the “eat slowly” one will come in handy! I think that having a marathon (my first!) to train for will also help me stay on track.

Thanks again and happy holidays!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 11:10 am

I love the idea of setting a fitness goal over the holidays! Good for you. That is why I did Whittle My Middle…to keep me inspired over Decemburrrrrrr


Pam December 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

A very great and helpful post….thank you!



caitlin December 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

i agree with only doing what you want to do in terms of holiday parties… thats kind of why we are leaving the country from Christmas Eve to January 4! we just need to escape from the pressures of get-togethers and what not… it’s going to be nice!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 11:11 am

you are going to have SO much fun!!!!!!!


Carolyn December 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

Great tips!! Thanks!!


nic December 7, 2009 at 11:11 am

Thanks a lot for this post!! I think the most things we all know, but to read it and bring it to the point is always good!!
I think the most difficult thing is to keep on track with working out, since all my dance classes are taking a break… Thank god only a week and thank god I know what I can practice while on break!
But this is definitely hard… But I’ll manage… There aren’t that much events around here.. And I’m glad… Because I’m not a big fan of food-events!! Not because of over-eating or such… Just because I see how all the others eat mindless and don’t really know how luck they are to have such an (over the top) selection! But nonetheless I love being with (most) of my family and will concentrate of the positive things!!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

great post!

Perfect tips to keep in mind this Holiday Season ;)


Ann December 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

Aw, sad! What a bummer about your interview… hopefully CTV will get things squared away pronto (how very funny/odd about the BC thing!).


Sana December 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

I also set my mind in having a healthy mind set and that I don’t need to eat everything in sight. Holiday parties are killer but I can do it!


Gelareh @ Orange Truffle December 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

Great Tips!

The hardest part of the Holidays is traveling for me. Being away from my kitchen makes it very hard for me staying on track. This year though I am solving that problem by packing all that I need, this includes my juicer, blender and mixer… I will also do my grocery shopping and pack it all in a cooler and take it with me to my-in-law, this way I don’t have to worry about what they have and if I get to eat healty. We shall see how that works.


Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 7, 2009 at 11:40 am

Great post! I have the hardest time in this period right now, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It seems even if I try hard I still end up eating more sweets then I have the months before! I heard today that 51% of a person’s annual weight gain occurs during this one month period. Crazy right?? It’s best to indulge if you want, but not to overdo it and to remember you can make up for it every other day of the month! :)


Lizzie December 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

Great tips Ange! These are a little tougher for me to stick to this year as one of my best friends from home is going to be staying over Christmas (usually only see her once a year at the moment), but going to see if I can make it work and still have some fun!

BTW, where did you get that really nice top you’re wearing in the first pic?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Its from Lululemon..its a Shape Jacket :)


Lizzie December 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I thought so!! Gaahhhhh – I only discovered this shop a couple of months ago and it’s hard to stay away. I have two of their hoodies and love them. hey actually fit properly and the giant hood makes it very cozy. Yesterday I bought a pair of studio pants that are SO comfy, but still fit nicely. Must stay away!! Well, until I have to go in and pick up the running top I ordered over the weekend – oops! :)


Ameena December 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

Exercise is the best way to start the day. And then like you said, regular meals until dinner so that you aren’t starving. As I get older I realize its really just another day and the same food is available to me all year long. So there is no need to try to pack it in all in one day!


Megan December 7, 2009 at 11:54 am

I’m usually pretty good at staying on track besides for the few overindulgent meals during the holidays. This year I’m a little worried though, I have a fracture in my foot and have to wear a cast for 6 weeks; this has seriously messed up my workout routine. I’m trying to do things like eliptical but it just doesn’t compare to running, especially when you can’t go very fast or hard. I guess I’ll be hitting the gym more in January along with all the New years resolution people..Definitely not looking forward to that, sooo crowded.


lena December 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Hi angela, thanks for the great holiday tips! i have a question, will doing strength training through pilates and yoga reap the same results as strength training with weights or we need both? i have been reading on these and i’m a little unsure as i would like to try pilates and yoga instead of weights for a change but am afraid that it will not yield the same results. thanks, i hope you can help shed some light. i truly enjoy reading your blog. thanks again! :)


Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life December 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Awesome tip! My tip to staying on track is to stay out of the kitchen. In my family, most of the food is served in the kitchen (along with appetizers). I find myself staying out of the kitchen and mingling with family in other rooms of the house. It keeps me occupied without the temptation of food I really don’t want anyway :)


Bronwyn December 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Nice tips.

Definitely agree with you on the keep up the exercise routine. Not only is it good to burn off those extra calories ;) but it totally keeps me sane; workout time is MY time. And it can be so enjoyable with family and friends too.
Definitely kick the guilt. That’s just bad news bears; it’s gonna lead to some problems later on…


Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Great tips Angela! I think the best advice is to eat in moderation instead of depriving yourself. It will almost always lead to over-eating later on!


Estela @ Weekly Bite December 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Love the tips! I totally agree!


AGS December 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm

So here is my dilemma: If the choice is between sleep and exercise, which do you pick? I have ended up choosing sleep. I’ve felt really frustrated with myself, though, that I am sacrificing something I value so much just to be able to function. Cutting out “events” is not an option for me. . . alas.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I tend to pick sleep because sleep affects what foods I reach for…I think that adds up to a bigger impact than maybe 30 mins of exercise.


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.

Since being dairy free, I don’t find that I indulge too much, as I never know what is in anything. This Christmas, I am making Christmas dinner and I am bringing food to the other Christmas dinner ( and I cannot expect my family to make special things for me when there are over 20 people attending) I figure I will have lots of leftovers, so why not!!

I like the “only go to events you really want too” this is huge, otherwise you can get way to bogged down!!

Great post, have fun baking today!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I find the same thing….it was my first year as a vegan this past Halloween and it was the first time I didnt have any halloween candy. I didnt even crave it, it was so odd!


Laura Georgina December 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Can I “third” you and Jessica on this one? I went to a party this weekend where there were tons of dips and munchies, and I ate just two mini pitas with hummus–I didn’t want anything else. I was shocked, especially since tortilla chips were on display, but not even my old nemesis/crack looked that good to me(even after a few beers!). Me circa 2008 would’ve been parked by the table all night.

After that, I think I’ll be fine for the holidays–I just plan on loading up on fruits and fresh veggies, since whenever I eat mostly those I find I don’t crave rich stuff or empty starches. And I’ll be taking advantage of the cold weather for some brisk running :-)


Tania @ Moment Anew December 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Excellent tips! I usually fall into the “I’m going to be perfect from Jan 2nd on” and then keep changing the date LOL No need for that anymore–I just don’t need to be perfect anymore! I just try to make consistently healthy choices with the odd indulgence here and there :)


EaterNotARunner December 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Great list! I usually have trouble with all the family time and there are a lot of “food pushers” in my family!


Kristie Lynn December 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Nice tips (wow, I just imagined how awkward a typo could have made that)! I’ll be doing a lot of car-traveling this Christmas season (as in, over 48 hours of driving time), and I already am starting a stash of snacks to bring. Being a vegan makes me know I need to be more prepared because finding good snack options at gas stations and fast food places won’t be easy by any means!


D December 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Hi! I’ve only commented a couple of times before, but I adore your blog and not only do I read every day, but I often look through old posts and pages when I want to feel a little happier.

1. When at home over the summer (I’m at university), I started making Green Monsters for me and my mum, and she LOVES them. I told her I found the idea “on the internet” because I felt shy saying I read food/health blogs. Recently she e-mailed me and said “have you ever heard of this great blog…Oh She Glows?!” and I finally told her that’s where I got the inspiration from!

2. This is an odd question, but it relates to food and health and I don’t want to ask anyone in “real life” because I feel quite shy (story of my life, clearly). I was hoping that you, or other readers, could offer advice. I’ve always loved exercise and food, and read health magazines, taken gym classes, trained, etc. But in my first year of Uni, I got overwhelmed by the new lifestyle and let my habits go to the side. It wasn’t a big deal, because I was too busy enjoying life to worry about it, but over the past year and a half, I have gotten back into my healthy lifestyle. I run, go to the gym, cook healthy meals, have adopted a vegan diet, etc. I feel wonderful and happy. However, I met my boyfriend during my first year, and so his lack of healthy habits weren’t as obvious. We both liked to eat pizza, drink wine, etc. I was never overweight (5’5, 135 pounds) but lost about 25 pounds just because I remembered how much I loved to exercise and eat well! I feel great now, but it’s difficult because my boyfriend is still super unhealthy, and has gained a significant amount of weight. It’s difficult because he thinks I have suddenly changed, but my first year of uni was NOT the norm. I’m suddenly realising that I want him to have the same health priorities. He eats TERRIBLY, never exercises, and doesn’t “take care” of himself. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. Asking him to come jogging with me, helping him research gyms, cooking together, grocery shopping together, setting a goal (like, at the end of summer I really wanted to do a fun 5k run), encouraging him, etc. He talks about wanting to change his habits, but nothing happens. I feel like it’s a huge issue for me. I’m not sure what to do!

Sorry this was long! oops!


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

That’s a tough one. I try and have my boyfriend try whatever I’m eating – just to taste it and if he doesn’t like it that’s fine. I even got him to try out a few Green Monsters. However, I understand that some people aren’t even open to trying new things.
I think all you can do is lead by example. You might want to sit him down and tell him that you care about him and want to lead a healhty life together and it would make you happy if he started to put some effort into exercising together, or cooking healthy meals.
The Fitnessista (Gina) had a great post about leading by example for her husband and how he will randomly try new things or pick up some of her healthy habits without her nagging him.
As long as you are healthy and happy he might realize that he wants to join too!


Carrie December 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Hey D!

That’s awesome that you found inspiration to change back to your healthy ways. I’ve been through the same thing as you dealing with unhealthy boyfriends. First off, make sure that you put yourself and your health first. Don’t let him get you off track. It doesn’t seem like you are letting this happen though! Next, have you had a talk with him? I think this is the best way to get your point across. I’ve talked to my boyfriend and let him know that being healthy is a HUGE part of my life. I told him that I want him to be healthy and I also can’t keep having tons of bad foods and alcohol around (because I have hardly any self-control). I emphasized that if we were going to continue dating and living with each other, he needed to learn how to respect this wish because it meant so much to me. Since I’ve had some of my “heart-to-heart” talks with him, he has GREATLY improved! He hardly ever brings bad foods into the apartment. He also has cleaned up his eating habits (still room for improvement, but he’s on his way :) ). He has even started asking me to help him pick out foods, etc that are healthy for him. Just let him know that he doesn’t have to be exactly like you, BUT he MUST respect your goals. Plus, just let him know how much you care about him and that you want him to be healthy so you can be together for a long, long time! :-D


D December 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Oh I wanted to clarify about the wine and pizza comment. I don’t think that’s bad at all! I still eat pizza and drink wine. It’s more along the lines of…I didn’t join a gym because I was in a new city and didn’t know where to go, I didn’t know safe placs to run, I didn’t cook, and I drank more than I had. Typical student stuff! So I ate a LOT of pizza, and drank a LOT of wine…but there was no healthy habits to counteract it!


Shelly December 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I definitely believe pizza can be part of a healthy lifestyle. (I like mine with spinach and goat cheese on top. :P)
As for your boyfriend, if you have made it clear that his lifestyle is a major issue for you, then stop repeating yourself. If you haven’t made it 100% clear, then state that clearly and firmly, Once. Don’t repeat yourself over and over again b/c it will be perceived as nagging and it will make your boyfriend less likely to want to change.
It sounds like you are doing a great job of leading by example. I would make a point of not working your fitness schedule around the time you spend together (i.e. if you are working out in the morning so you can see him at night, but would rather work out at night- work out at night, darn it!) but always invite him to spend fitness time with you. (You may want to scale your workout to something that’s not intimidating. If I asked my fiance to go on a 9 miler with me, he’d say no. Just like I’d refuse to go do deadlifts at the gym, haha. But we do like to go on a 3 or 4 mile run together or go to the gym at the same time.)
As far as food goes, are you asking him to adopt a vegan diet (or does he perceive that you eventually want him to become a vegan)? I think that he could be intimidated by the idea of really drastically changing his eating habits. Maybe you can introduce him to a few really tasty healthy foods that he can regularly incorporate into his diet (hummus, pita, and veggies as a weekday snack, perhaps?) and start from there. Baby steps. :)


D December 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Thank you so much to everyone for the great advice. It’s reassuring to know that other people have been in the same situation, and that change is possible!!!

I’m definitely not trying to convert him to a vegan diet or anything like that,as much as I would like to :) I know that preaching a vegetarian lifestyle can be really irritating if the person isnt ready for it, and I really don’t mind him eating meat. It’s more about not eating junk food, chinese buffets, excessive amounts of beer, etc, and then complaining about being overweight, yet still not doing anything about it. This isn’t just a little excess college weight either, as he’s medically overweight. He wants to live together down the line, so I will be taking all this advice and having a serious heart to heart. We’ve talked a little about it before, but he gets embarassed so I’ve never managed to get my point across. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I hope he’ll see that it’s not a criticism.


Jenna December 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

This is all wonderful advise! Thanks for sharing :)

I like to stay on track with exercise. I used to deprive myself of the holiday food and drink, and I wasn’t truly LIVING.

I now like to have small portions of the food I love and combat the extra calories by pushing myself just a little bit harder at the gym. Does the trick for me.


Lauren December 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for the amazing tips. This is so incredibly helpful. Thank you!


Lauren December 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

These are great tips!!! Every time I need a quick pick-me-up, I just run to your blog and you are so faithful to deliver the best advice, recipes, support and ideas.

Hope you have a great day Angela!! :)


Sarah December 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Great tips, Angela!

Are your pants in the first picture from Lululemon too?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

No they are from Le Senza I think! From many years ago…they have a fitness line.


Jackie @ TriToLose December 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Thanks for the tips! Exercise is definitely important. I love my gym because it has “guilt buster” workouts. Last year, we did 2 hours of spin on Christmas Eve. I loved it! I hope they do it again this year! :)


Cynthia (It All Changes) December 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Those are great tips.

For me it is a blessing and a curse that work is so busy this time of year. We don’t have time for holiday parties but we also don’t have a ton of time for rest and exercise. I try to sneak it in when possible and do more home workouts.


Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Is that Costco reversible wrapping paper? Hahha.


melissa December 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm

One of my favorite OSG posts ever, and I have been reading since pretty much day 1 :) I will keep all in mind!

Also you look so ridiculously gorgeous (and svelte) in all the photos!


Julie @savvyeats December 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Love the tips, Ange. Especially the “eating what you want, but eating it slower” one. It lets you savor the “treat” you are having so you enjoy it longer… and can then maybe trick your mind into thinking you ate more of it than you did!

And the water between each drink is what I do too!


Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Great tips!

Your photos are too cute. :)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

What a fantastic post – it really put things in perspective for me. I am definitely trying to keep up my exercise routine throughout this ‘silly season’. If I know I have an evening function – I try and get my workout done in the morning before work.
PS – Can’t wait to hear about the interview!!


MarathonVal December 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Great tips, as always! It’s also taken me years to realize that everything is not black and white. However, I’m still incapable of having anything I deem to be “bad” for breakfast because I feel like the whole day is off to a bad start, nutritionally speaking. Crazy, right??? But it’s a goal of mine to work on, and in the meantime, I couldn’t live without my Green Monsters for breakfast! :)


Kristy December 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm

This is the first list of this type that actually gave original ideas. Thanks!


Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Great tips! I love “pick your poison” lol.


Susan December 7, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Wonderful tips!!! I always like to approach the holidays with three days in mind – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Those are the days where I sort of let loose on the eating and drinking, and maybe skip the workout (gym is usually closed anyways). But every other day is business as usual :)


Danielle December 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Thank you so much for the great advice!

I can’t wait to get my Glo Bars :)


Kristin (runningsongs) December 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Being prepared is so important! I never travel without a bag of emergency snacks, my running shoes and a set of workout clothes – whether the travel is for work or for pleasure. Now, if only those best intentions always held… my willpower is usually lost with the second glass of wine! But I still try!

Such a great list!


Kristin (runningsongs) December 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Oh yeah – I can’t wait to see the interview! Any idea of when it will be showed in the GTA?


skinnyrunner December 7, 2009 at 8:42 pm

love the tips! especially bringing healthy food with you where ever you go. we are in vegas right now and i brought a huge stash of bars, starbucks via, and vitamins with me bc i hate to be hungry! i too get really grumpy.


Karla December 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for the post! I will be taking a lot of this advice. I think for me the most important one is lose the all or nothing attitude. I tend to do that a lot and it doesn’t really help me out a whole lot.


Jolene December 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I try and eat healthy for the majority of the day, so that during the holiday season I can have a little treat in the evening some days. I love to enjoy indulgent foods during the holiday season!


Caroline December 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Great post! I love the tips! Holidays are especially hard for me as a college student because I am finally home with all my favorite foods so I just want to eat them all the time! But I also have more time to devote to exercising, so it all works out : )


maria December 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Great, great, great tips! Thanks Angela! I especially love the last one and think it is the worst trap to fall into because then all of the above get left behind!


Marilyn December 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Great advice, Angela! It’s so easy to fall into all or nothing thinking about eating AND working out too.


marnie December 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the wonderful tips! I think I’ll bookmark this page and refer back to it over the holidays.

I really like the advice about losing the “all or none” thinking. Often people tell me things like “This is one of the few times of year that you get to eat like this, so enjoy it!” Sometimes I believe these statements (even though I know I shouldn’t think this way) and then I fall into the trap of all or none thinking. This is what makes the difference between me truly enjoying some dessert and devouring 3 or 4 slices of pie in one sitting (because now is my chance!) and then feeling sick.

One thing that does help me is to visualize myself making good decisions. I try to imagine myself waking up and going for a run first thing, or slowly savoring some cake and being engrossed in the conversation and all the other elements of the holidays.


toni December 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

thanks for the information, your blog is very good and interesting


Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 8, 2009 at 12:38 am

Love the tips – thanks for the reminder! You look fabulous in all of the pics. You’re so tiny, girlie. Wish I had your adorable figure.


Julia December 8, 2009 at 2:50 am

Thanks so much for the tips. I especially like the one about eating what you want, but slower. I’ve found that at the big meals I’ve been at lately, I take whatever looks good, but I only take small portions of each, it allows me to try it all without eating 2 plates of food. I’m still working on dessert though, lol, sometimes I think I should just skip dinner and go right to the Christmas cookies!


Amy December 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

I love the pic of you in the blue sweater when you’re getting ready to go running.

You look so skinny, lean and toned! :)


Chrysta December 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Love the tips!! Thanks!


Marsha December 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Great post – I never thought of bringing an exercise dvd with me when I travel. I’m going to have to look into that.

Also, you look extremely thin in that photo, but I have a feeling it has something to do with the camera angle.


One Healthy Apple December 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

My question is always to ask myself if it’s ‘worth’ the splurge. I love the holidays for the family time together and for the relaxation. I let my exercise slide to only 3 days a week when everything is crazy, BUT I keep my meals healthy most of the time- 80/20 works for me!


lz December 9, 2009 at 12:00 am

Angela, thank you for taking the time to share these thoughtful tips. I especially appreciate #11–I, too, know exactly what you mean by self-sabotaging and the “I’ll start fresh in January!” mindset. But we can’t predict what life may throw at us a few days or weeks down the road; we can only control what is in front of us *right now.* So, we can make the choice eat healthy *now.*
Best wishes for a cheerful holiday season!


Tammy December 11, 2009 at 11:21 am

What a great post! I should read it every morning to keep myself in check ;) I love your blog and you are one of the few bloggers that have inspired me to start my own blog. Thanks for all you do! Tammy


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