Enjoy the Holidays, AND Button Your Pants

by Kristine on November 25, 2014

The holidays – the absolute BEST time of year.

Well actually – that’s debatable – I’d say that beach vacations, weeks in Tahoe and the Giants being in the World Series are right up there. But the holidays absolutely win out, 100% of the time.

There’s family, friends, parties, celebrations, festive decorations, music for a specific season (you know I’ve already started my Spotify playlist), lights… and food. SO MUCH FOOD. So much amazing food – appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks. There’s literally specific occasions where you bring multiple dozens of cookies and then leave with multiple dozens of other people’s cookies. While drinking wine. HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH.

There’s also a lot of stress, guilt, anxiety, etc when it comes to enjoying the holiday season while still managing to button your jeans or zip up your dress come New Years Eve.

I eat pretty clean most of the year, and around the holidays is no exception. But when an entire season revolves around eating, drinking and being merry, you bet your ass I’m going to partake in it.

While normally my weekday calendar includes work, workout, relax, around the holidays it tends to fill up. Happy Hour, Dinner, Parties, Get-Togethers. All serving boozy drinks, food, cookies, the works.

HOW DOES ONE NAVIGATE ALL THIS AMAZINGNESS?

1) PICK YOUR FAVORITE. There’s 10 trays of cookies, brownies, cheese, and cake. But you REALLY love those peanut butter cookies with the little Hershey’s Kiss pressed into the middle. Like you look forward to them all year long. My mom even makes them GF for me. I don’t consider it the holidays until I have several of these. Eat the damn cookie. Have 2. Wash it down with a glass of champagne or red wine. Don’t have 40, and don’t eat one of everything. Be choosey.

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2) SWEAT. Typically holiday events happen in the evening. It’s dark, it’s cold, and all the lights twinkle and basically set the scene for a festive night. When that happens, a 6:00pm yoga class or planned run goes out the window pretty quickly. Solution? Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you normally would and sweat. Go for a run, hit a class, or go to the gym. You’ll still have time to get ready for the day and night’s events and you’ll feel better and more energized all day long. Plus your metabolism will be revving along quite nicely to burn off the aforementioned cookies.

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3) DITCH THE GUILT. The holidays happen once a year. Don’t sweat the couple extra treats or the extra glass of wine that gave you a raging hangover. It happens. It was probably worth it. (And if it wasn’t, drink more water in-between drinks). Don’t swear off food the next day or impulsively purchase a 3-day juice cleanse. Make yourself a healthy breakfast (a smoothie or eggs, kale and sweet potato hash works wonders on hangovers and both are super healthy). Go to a hot yoga class or for a run and sweat it out. Move on.

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4) DO IT WITH A FRIEND. You have friends and family in from out of town this time of year. Rather than yet another night out for food and drinks, go for a run, take a SoulCycle class or go to yoga. Or even a nice long walk. Then grab something healthy. One of my favorite “friend dates” is to go to SoulCycle then grab brunch or dinner at BlueBarn, The Plant, or…. a burger and some sweet potato fries at Roam Burger.

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5) BE PRESENT. Get off your phone. Stop compulsively checking Instagram and Facebook. Be engaged with your friends and family and the festivities. Lululemon has a #givepresence movement this holiday season and I’m trying to be mindful of that in a big way. When we were in Hawaii, my phone stayed in it’s little pouch the majority of the time and I felt so relaxed. Plus, when you’re engaged, and chatting and being a part of things, you have less time to load up on the cookies in front of you ;-)

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And above all, enjoy every second. I promise you didn’t get into shape in a month, and you won’t get out of shape. Don’t obsess, don’t stress (stress causes illness and weight gain!), sweat when you can, indulge when you’re able and soak up every moment with your loved ones.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Aloha.

by Kristine on November 24, 2014

Oh right, I kind of disappeared for a while.

Well since getting back from New York, I had a few days then boyfriend and I were off to Hawaii to ring in my 30th birthday. We decided in our 30’s that experiences > presents (especially if those experiences involve tropical islands and eating my body weight in poke) so we set off to the Big Island for a few days.

We got back last Wednesday around 1am, had Thursday on the ground in SF + birthday drinks that evening then bright and early Friday (after a morning workout to sweat out a couple glasses of wine) we were back in the air en route to Chicago, then to Indiana for a family service.

Now it’s Monday, we’re at the airport in Chicago, it’s 29 degrees and there’s snow coming down. I only like my snow in Tahoe. On a ski slope. Where there are ample amounts of hot chocolate available. And a roaring fire in the fireplace. Not while I’m waiting for a flight and praying that it’s on time.

But  digress because the HOLIDAYS are here.

It’s THANKSGIVING WEEK. We’ve got tomorrow at home in SF then it’s out to the ‘burbs for the holidays. I can’t wait. My mom and I have been busy planning the menu for our big group… and well, I’m hungry just thinking about it. And surrounded by airport food. Lovely.

So I figured we’d recap the past week or so (Hawaii) in pictures.

We stay on the Big Island on the Kohala Coast. Almost every year my family rents a house on the Mauna Kea resort property grounds, and this time, we stayed at the hotel on the Hapuna side. I love it because you get all the perks of 2 resorts – Mauna Kea and Hapuna, without breaking the bank. But, full disclosure, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will always have my heart. I’ve been staying there since I was about 5 years old and it is my favorite place on the entire planet.

We fully and completely unplugged and it was amazing. We spent 5 days sunning, relaxing, hiking, exploring, exercising… and eating all the poke and acai bowls we could find. Which was a lot.

Hope you have a great Monday!

 

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Of possible interest from our trip?

Poke Bowls from Suisan Fish Market

Acai Bowls from Sweet Cane Cafe (they use fresh, homemade macadamia nut mylk and it’s insane)

Waipio Valley hike

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Hapuna Beach Resort

Manta Restaurant @ Mauna Kea (if you’re in the mood to splurge under the stars – this is a must)

 

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