With the holidays coming up, Santa Monica home owners are looking at an upcoming bevy of parties where drinks will be flowing and delicious food will be enticing them to stray from their strict diets. Everyone loves this time of year as it is a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends, however it is also a secretly dreaded time of year for what it can do for willpower and waistlines.
The holidays are certainly no time to lose your health, especially if you’re working hard throughout the rest of the year to maintain a healthy weight. Here are a few tips for staying healthy and happy throughout the holidays.
Stock Your Home Well
Chances are the holiday parties and gatherings you’ll be attending this season won’t have the most nutritious food. Don’t be afraid to indulge a little at these celebrations, just make sure to not make it a frequent habit for the duration of the holidays. Stock your home with healthy snacks and make sure they are convenient enough that you’ll eat them rather than making other hasty and bad decisions on food. Instead of concentrating on what you shouldn’t eat, make a commitment to just eat healthier. Set a goal such as eating three to five servings of vegetables each day.
Schedule Your Exercise
The holidays can be rather hectic with the shopping, cooking and socializing. Make sure to get your exercise into your schedule as well by setting workout appointments with yourself. Setting the time aside ahead of time will help you keep to your commitment and will hopefully keep you on track despite all of the craziness that occurs during the holidays.
Think About That Extra Cookie
Around the holidays, the office and even your Santa Monica home can be stocked to the gills with sweet treats brought by guests and family. While it’s always fine to have bite here and there, force yourself to really think about that extra morsel. Although it may seem trivial, that extra cookie or even plate of food really adds up throughout the season. Evaluate if it’s something you really want and just say no.
Forgo The Baking
If you enjoy giving baked goods as gifts throughout the season, consider avoiding it. Chances are you’ll end up eating at least some of what you prepare, so take out the temptation altogether by forgoing the baking. Instead make thoughtful non-food gifts–websites such as Pinterest are always helpful–or prepare the ingredients for your baked goods in a festive jar or a container. This allows the recipient to enjoy your signature holiday recipe on their own time, perhaps not when they are likely being inundated with baked goods as well.
The holidays are just one the great times of year to own a Santa Monica home. If you are interested in learning more about the real estate market in Southern California, please don’t hesitate to consult with our team of property experts.