IF Guide to Living at Home over Winter Break

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So… you are home now. How will you continue your healthy eating habits?

Being home for a month might be both good and bad. On the plus side, you get to see your family and friends, have some home cooked meals, catch up on sleep… but on the down side, you have a lot of access to junk food, binge watching your favorite show, and eating out. I’ve created a guide for you to make sure you maintain your healthy habits and your hard work.

1. Eat Healthy.

It may be tempting to fill up on frozen pizza and your favorite Chinese takeout from down the street, but it is important to kickstart your healthy habits for the new year by continuing to eat healthy now!

I suggest making a grocery list for yourself (or to add to your parents) with a few things that you can make healthy snacks out of. Some examples include:

  1. Eggs
  2. String Cheese
  3. Oatmeal (not the sugary packets, but whole oats)
  4. Sweet Potatoes
  5. Berries
  6. Grapefruit
  7. Quinoa
  8. Almonds
  9. Greek Yogurt
  10. Light Tuna
  11. Shrimp
  12. Chicken Breasts
  13. Hummus
  14. Carrots & Cucumbers
  15. Rice Cakes
  16. Naan Bread

With these items, you can make sure you always have snacks on hand, but can have a clear conscious that they are good for you.

 2. Drink Healthy.

Keep that reusable bottle of water handy. Get creative with adding fruits to your water. Lemon, watermelon, mint, and apples are of my favorites. Remember to stay away from sodas, lemonades, and sugary alcohol drinks.

3. Cook Healthy.

Experiment with making some healthy alternatives to your favorite desserts or ask to make a healthy dish for your families dinner. I’ve included some of my favorite recipes below.

4. Exercise.

I know it may be cold where you live, but try to find a way to incorporate 30 minutes of activity each day. If you are tired of doing your regular workout gym routine, think about finding a yoga, pilates, or spin class. If you are interested in lifting or HIIT, call up your local CrossFit and see if they have any beginner, cost-friendly, trial classes. Is there a rock climbing gym nearby? A run club you can join? Do you belong to a country club or tennis club with paddle tennis or squash? Try to think outside of the box!

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