Molly Sims Reveals Her Stay-Healthy Secrets for the Holidays
As a mom of two small kids, a model, a contributor to The View and an author, Molly Sims is always swamped, so the holidays just add another level of craziness.
The holiday season is full of great timesâ€”and stress. Sure, the shopping and parties are fun, but they can wreak havoc on your healthy habits.
Molly Sims gets it. As a mom of two small kids, a model, a contributor to The View and an author, sheâ€™s always swamped, so the holidays just add another level of craziness. She took a few minutes recently to share some of her secrets for staying beautiful, energized, and happy throughout the season.
Refreshingly, her stay-well secrets donâ€™t involve juice fasts, out-there superfoods or exercise regimens youâ€™ve never heard of. Her approach is real, down-to-earth and totally doable.
â€œAlways plan ahead, especially if youâ€™re traveling or you know youâ€™ll be in your car all day,â€ Sims tells Health. â€œWhen youâ€™re not in control or youâ€™re tired or in a hurry, thatâ€™s when you can really drop the calorie bomb.â€ Instead of relying on what she might find at an airport or mall food court, Sims spends some time on Sunday packing snacks for the week so she can grab and go. Some of her favorites include carrots and hummus, almonds, cherry tomatoes sprinkled with coarse salt, homemade popcorn, and Glutino pretzels. â€œI have to portion everything out, otherwise Iâ€™ll eat the whole box,â€ she tells Health.
Donât graze at parties
Have something to eat before you go, and once you get there, choose what youâ€™re going to have carefully, then â€œsit down and eat,â€ she says. â€œIf youâ€™re grabbing things off trays and not paying attention, the next thing you know youâ€™ve had 1,000 calories and you havenâ€™t really eaten anything.â€
Keep up your be-well habits
Both rest and exercise are critical during the holidays, Sims says. â€œTake a nap, 30 to 45 minutes. Or, if you canâ€™t nap, even just lay down and take a break from email or the phoneâ€ to reinvigorate yourself. As for exercise, â€œThe fitness will give you more energy,â€ sheÂ says. â€œDo what you can do. It doesnâ€™t have to be an hour. Thirty to 40 minutes at home is fine, as long as you move around and sweat. Do jumping jacks, jump rope, lift soup cansâ€”do what you can do to move and sweat. Youâ€™ll find itâ€™s a great stress reliever.â€
Give yourself a break
Showing yourself some kindness is especially important during the crazy-making holiday season, Sims says, so take it easy. â€œMake sure your heels arenâ€™t killing you all night, try to wear things that are comfortable,â€ she advises. Take a few moments to indulge in an exfoliating mask or try dry brushing your skin.
Drink plenty of herbal tea, sparkling water with lime, and plain water. Simsâ€™ trick for drinking more water? â€œSip through a straw,â€ she says. â€œI have a hard time drinking plain water, but when I drink it with a straw I drink twice as much.â€