"You'll have plenty of time to get back to your regular exercise routine."


You've probably heard a lot of advice about how to avoid overeating and stick to your workout plan this (and every) holiday season. But this body-positive beauty blogger has a much more refreshing and realistic approach to staying healthy over the holidays. (See also: This Body-Positive Blogger Reminds Us It's Okay to Indulge During the Holidays)

"You should never feel guilty for having a good time and joining in on the festivities," Sarah Tripp wrote on her blog, Sassy Red Lipstick. "Of course don't gorge yourself, there's nothing fun about eating yourself sick. Just because there are lots of tasty treats around doesn't mean you have to lose all self-control! Just be responsible while enjoying yourself and you've got nothing to worry about."

She adds that "the holidays are short, so you'll have plenty of time to get back to your regular exercise routine and start those healthy New Year's resolutions in no time!" (Related: How the Holidays Affect Someone with an Eating Disorder)

Most importantly, no matter how much or how little you're planning on treating yourself, Sarah believes there's no point in feeling bad about it. "It's always important to remind yourself that a few days of eating treats isn't going to ruin your health or make you gain 20 pounds overnight," she writes. "As long as you have a healthy lifestyle and know you're going to get right back to it in the New Year, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't enjoy every delicious brownie, cookie, pie, cake, or whatever else you love. Bring on the treats!"

She's right: Here's why finding ~balance~ is the best thing you can do for your health and fitness routine. In short, balance can help you stick to your long-term goals and foster a positive body image.

So whenever you feel the guilt creeping in, try reminding yourself that everything is okay. What you eat in a single day-or two (or four for that matter)-doesn't define your health, fitness, or awesomeness.