How I Find Balance During the Holidays

This post is in partnership with The Crusher Wines, but all opinions are mine, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

December is HERE and the holiday season is definitely in full force! I’m only in LA for two more weekends before I head home for the holidays, but I can tell you that those are (at least) four JAM packed days of holiday parties.

Instead of preaching on here and telling you to “eat before you go so you can avoid the food” or “limit dessert to one bite,” I’m going to give you the REAL deal, at least from my view. The holidays come ONCE a year, and it’s my faaavorite time of year, no less. Food and drinks bring people together during this time, so you bet your cute booty I’m gonna enjoy myself. I will 100% eat what I want (as long as I know it won’t make my stomach hurt) and accept the fact that hey, my jeans might fit a little tighter come Christmas. But you know what? That’s why leggings and fit n’ flare dresses exist😉

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Because this is a “healthy living” blog, and I do try to live a healthy life, I want to tell you how I keep things balanced this time of year. After all, being “healthy” is really all about balance in my opinion. And by that, I essentially just mean tradeoffs. For example, you have a green smoothie in the morning knowing that you might not have as many greens later that day. Or, you’ll absolutely want to stuff your face at the open bar/dinner buffet that work is throwing for everyone that night, so you make sure you just get in a sweat sesh that morning. Easy👏peasy👏

I do NOT believe in limiting myself. I do NOT believe that holiday parties should make me think any harder than I already do about trying to stay on track with my health goals. Because let’s face it, anxiety around eating and drinking during the holiday season just causes mental health issues, which is no bueno either. I WILL try the desserts because they’re my favorite thing ever and yes, I WILL have a glass or two of The Crusher Wines Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s DELICIOUS.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

Here are 4 simple ways I like to keep things as balanced as I possibly can during the holiday season:

1. Move my body (preferably with friends!) – I am alwayssss a fan of pairing my fitness with friend time! Classes are usually attended with my workout buddies (hi Pam, Alycia and Audrey!!), and since some of my friends are actually instructors (hi Keely and Lindsay!), going to take their classes really just feels like a fun play date. Since I definitely like to keep up my fitness routine during the holidays, if not amp it up even more so, I’ll make as many of my friend dates include movement as possible! Some of my favorite options: hikes, coffee walks, pilates or barre class, and yoga + smoothie dates! If you work hard, you can play hard😏

2. Indulge! Seriously. – Holiday food and drinks are my favorite, but in moderation! Besides, if I deprive myself, I’m one of those people who will later go HAM either because I feel like I need to “reward” myself or need to shovel it all in at once before it’s too late. I think it’s 110% okay to enjoy the things that make you happy around the holiday season, like a glass of your favorite wine!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

3. Opt for lower calorie/lower sugar alcoholic drinks – I usually don’t drink more than a glass of wine a week, but around the holidays? I LOVE to unwind with my boyfriend and best friends over a bottle of wine, my favorite Christmas movie, a candle, and most likely dessert (you know me!). Whether I’m cozied up at home or out at a holiday party, I just try to make sure I’m choosing options that have less sugar like The Crusher Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Wine Blend. I won’t lie to you, their Chardonnay is my absolute FAVE, and that’s totally fine too, but I prefer to save my sweet tooth for all the desserts 😉

4. Swap some of my favorite treats for healthier options – You’ll notice the platter pictured in this post does not have cheese on it…like WHAT WHO AM I AND WHERE DID JORDAN GO. I know, I know, cheese is the BEST. I’m so thankful I’m not lactose intolerant #bless. But that being said, I know that I tend to go overboard with the cheese so instead, I opt for things like fresh veggies, fruit, and hummus when I can! Cheese is still a thing for sure, I just try to do it less often.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

So those are just four super chill ways I try to keep things 💯 over here during the holiday season. I know it’s not easy – eating healthy in general is stressful and adding a bunch of social gatherings into the mix can really throw us for a loop, but just do your best to have FUN without overthinking it, okay?

Whether it’s for yourself, someone you need a gift for, or even the hostess of the next party in your calendar, I couldn’t possibly recommend The Crusher Wines more! I rarely say this about wine, but EVERY single varietal they offer is out of control delicious. If you’d like to try some for yourself here in LA, check your local Sprouts or Costco, or you can visit this store locator and type in your zip code to find where The Crusher Wines is offered near you! And don’t forget to let me know your favorite once you try it 😍

 

 

 

Friday Finds

Hey Babes! Another Friday is heeeeeere!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Golden Milk Latte with Moon Deli Tonics

In one week at this time, I will be hanging with my family and getting some work done on our couch, possible by the fire. PUMPED. I’ve got a boat load of things to get done before that though, so it’d be smart to keep my excitement and daydreaming to a minimum until then…

In the meantime! My weekly roundup as per usj 🙂

Trader Joe’s Now has $3 Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – F. YES.

Peanut Sauce – Wait. I literally want to put this on everything.

5 Exercises to Do in the Morning That’ll Give You More Energy – I seriously miss working out in the mornings, but evening workouts just fit better with my schedule now. Maybe I should start doing these shorter videos before work…are you a morning workout person?

Healthy & Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – In case you still need ideas! Those pumpkin spiced corn muffins are kind of making me hungry again rn…

How to Bullet Journal with a Traditional Planner or Notebook – I can’t tell you how badly I needed this post. I’ve heard such amazing things about bullet-journaling, but really don’t need to order another book/notebook. Love that I can just use one I already have!

A Doctor Shares: The Best Snack for Gut Health – Not only does this recipe sound delish (and easy to make!), but there’s some really good advice in here!

If you’re celebrating a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving early this weekend, have so much fun and don’t worry about the calories too much, okay? The gym will still be there tomorrow, I promise.

xo Jordan

Friday Finds | Holiday Edition.

 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or just a wonderful weekend 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds: Holiday Edition.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate – um, YES? Yes.

6 Genius Flight Attendant-Approved Holiday Packing Hacks – For all you travelers out there like me. No checked-bag fees for this girl!

New Year, New You: End Procrastination for Good – Great advice from one of my favorite blogs. Working on my resolutions list starting the day after Christmas!

Staying Healthy Through Holiday Travel – Because nothing is worse than being sick on vacation.

7 Habits for Eating Mindfully During the Holidays – Can someone please help me get better at this? We currently have about 8 tins of chocolate in our house and are about to bake 5 batches of cookies. Wish me luck…

12 Things to Add to 2017 for a Healthier, Happier Year – All. Of. These.

4 Crazy-Simple Recipes to Boost Immunity Daily – That also happen to sound really, really good!

 

xo Jordan