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Finding Your Own Balance Over the Holidays

  • December 19, 2013
  • By Brittany

Hi friends!  Did you know the toilets flush backwards down here in the down under?  Random fact of the day!  But seriously, I’ve got an awesome guest poster for you today.  Kimberly from Manifest Yourself is the most inspirational blogger I’ve ever met.  She is smart, creative and best of all, she is the nicest person ever!  Enjoy!

Health, fitness inspiration,  wellness and the holidays are words that are hard to find in the same sentence from late November to early January. When Brittany asked for me to assist My Own Balance with a guest post while she was away I was too excited, but also wondering how I could approach this topic to make it meaningful.

We’ve all heard that the true reason for the season is giving…but we continue to give ourselves second and third helpings of our favorite fat laden dishes.

We also hear that it is only one or two days out of the whole year, so why not enjoy? Or the strong willed souls argue that it is only a day or two and this is the perfect time to practice saying no and stick to your own nutrition plan.

I believe that everyone has to find “their own balance” in order to be happy, festive, and still healthy during the holiday season. Let’s face the facts, when my Grandma makes her famous peach cobbler, and my Father whips out the homemade vanilla ice cream….I want a taste. But the key here is moderation and remembering what makes you feel good.

When you lay back on the couch, after attempting to cram and devour your plate that was filled to the edges with copious amounts of food, how do you feel? Honestly. Better yet, how do you feel the next hour, or even the next day?

When I sit back and force myself to be honest,  after converting to a healthier more mindful lifestyle, I feel pretty gross during the holidays when I overindulge. My stomach bloats, my skin doesn’t look as vibrant, and I have fairly low energy. The only thing that gets me moving is knowing that there is a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea ready for me by the couch.

So what can do do?

1. Remember that the spirit of the holidays is to enjoy your friends and family. Yes everyone hates to hear that, but it’s true. Most of us would be pretty sad if it was just us and a sweet potato pie in the kitchen.

2. Try to get everyone to participate in non food related activities like dancing, video games, watching movies, or playing board games. Sometimes you just need to distract yourself from the leftovers on the table.

3. Be mindful of your plate. Make sure you still have a healthy balance of veggies, proteins, fats and carbs. Too much of anything is generally not a good idea.

4. If all else fails, remember that it is only one day. In some cases, it is only one meal! Make sure that you do not allow one day or one meal to ruin your wellness efforts. This goes for people trying to lose, maintain, and gain weight. Indulge and then get back to your normal daily habits at the next meal.  

What tips do you have for staying healthy over the holidays?


Kimberly is the Founder & Editor of Manifest Yourself, a lifestyle blog, where she merges her professional background with her personal interests and discusses wellness, fitness, mindfulness, career related topics and anything else that crosses her mind. If you would like to get in touch with Kimberly, please email her at

You can find Kimberly on Twitter// Instagram// Facebook// Pinterest// LinkedIn



By Brittany, December 19, 2013
  • Allie
    December 19, 2013

    So true Kimberly! I love what you said about having a “distraction” after the meal like a game, etc. Because of Brittany, I have Just Dance now and I fully intend to bust that out after Christmas dinner. Everyone will want to get up and move…at least a little bit.
    Another trick I use on myself is eating before the “big” meal so that I’m only truly eating what I want and not just fillers.

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    December 19, 2013

    Great post Kimberly! It’s important to be mindful but also appreciate that it is the holidays and they only happen once a year:)

  • Nicole
    December 19, 2013

    Love the tips, I agree with them all! I definitely think it’s important to remember that although amazing food on holidays is a big perk, the best part about the holidays is spending time with the people you love. I also think that I stay healthy over the holidays by starting my day right – eating a healthy breakfast, doing a few minutes of yoga, and/or fitting a workout in. It sets me up for a healthy, happy day!

    • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
      December 31, 2013

      That’s such a great habit. I personally need to work on making the time to exercise during the holidays. I will participate in family activities, but I find it hard to incorporate parts of my normal routine. Holidays = Ultimate Relaxation for me most of the time. Hope you enjoyed your holidays, girlie!

  • Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    December 20, 2013

    How strange that toilets flush backwards in Australia! Who knew.

    I love all these healthy tips! The holidays are such a busy, fun, crazy time and I know I’ve been struggling to eat well. I’ve just tried to remind myself to stay active and don’t go too crazy (eating wise!)

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    December 20, 2013

    Balance is definitely the key to a happy, healthy holiday! I strongly agree with encouraging non-food related activities. Sometimes it seems like everything we do is centred around food, doesn’t it?

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    December 22, 2013

    Yes friends and family are the most important. My tip – I would not worry about one day but more so keeping a physical activity routine during this busy time.

  • HappinessSavouredHot
    December 23, 2013

    What a great post!

    I find mindfulness to be a great help. When you pay attention to how you feel, you realize what is good for you. Overeating and overdrinking doesn’t usually make one feel good. Exercise does, when done at the right intensity for one’s level of fitness. 🙂

    Happy holidays!

  • Carla
    December 24, 2013

    Great tips, Kimberly! I often feel gross and bloate d this time of year. Or after any family event really. I’m trying real hard this year to keep it all balanced!

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