Don’t stress, you’re not going to gain 10 pounds between thanksgiving and New Years. But if you’re worried about it, here are my best tips for making it through the holidays while still keeping with your health and wellness goals.
Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself after you have one high calorie setback (aka treat meal or a cheat meal). Allow yourself to have that meal, enjoy every bite and don’t let it ruin the rest of your day with more binges. If you are hard on yourself, obsess over how many calories were in that meal, and say to yourself, “I’ve blown it,” you’re just going to get more frustrated and keep overeating. Have compassion for yourself, enjoy that slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream and move on.
Don’t Skip Meals: We tend to skip meals because we are saving our calories for a big holiday event, but the reality of it is that if we starve ourselves, we will end up overeating . Our brains will tell us that we are not satisfied, so keep eating! My tip? Just eat what you would normally eat throughout the day, and right before that big holiday event, have a healthy snack (I love a big bowl of veggies and/or fruits), that way you’re semi-full walking into your holiday event and you will only reach for foods you truly are hungry for!
You Can Say No: You don’t have to eat everything in sight. If your auntie or grandma made a dessert that you really don’t care to try, just say “I’ll have some a little later!” or “I’m just too stuffed” and move on. There are so many times when people beg me to eat, and I honestly dont want to eat a huge slice of pecan pie because if I want to indulge I would much rather have my pumpkin pie… So I much rather just live with that tiny bit of guilt for a minute that an unhappy stomach for the night.
Sweat it Out: A 20-30 minute exercise session is amazing this time of year, it will help relieve that stress you may have, clear your mind and even sweat out anything that doesn’t need to be in there. Exercising doesn’t have to mean just going to the gym, you can take your dog on a walk with the family, plan a flag football event with your friends, take the stairs when you can or even get a group together to go on an hike!
Drink in Moderation: I know this stinks to hear, but those drinks are just a huge amount of sugar entering your body. So when you do have a night of drinking, try to have your drinks, with a glass of water in between each one. You’ll be surprised how much it will help you feel less hungover and more hydrated.
Sleep: Get that rest! If that means, saying goodnight 30 minutes before everyone else or setting your alarm for 30 minutes later, your immune system and under-eyes will thank you. If you have trouble sleeping, try to limit your caffeine intake past 12 noon. It will be so much easier it will be to fall asleep naturally.
Keep the Fridge Stocked with Healthy Produce: Apples, pears, pomegranate, carrots, parsnips and broccoli are all in season… there are so many delicious winter fruits and veggies out there you can munch on throughout the day. So if you are going out to decedent holiday parties all month long, you may as well munch on those healthy snacks when you’re at home (and you can control it). I just have my Imperfect Produce box delivered to me once a week, that way I don’t have to leave my house (one less thing for me to do), and I can just ensure its good quality, local produce! You can try your first box for 50% off with the code R4H - Link Here
Go to Holiday Events Prepared: I’m the first person to ask, “how did you make this, or whats in this?” at holiday gatherings, and I know that can get annoying. But I know what my body doesn’t agree with, so I need to veer away from those foods. So to save yourself some pain, you may want to come prepared. Ask the host if you could bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert that you know you can eat and enjoy! I have a few recipes below you guys can totally steal.
My best advice yet? Remember too stay focused on the things that truly matter - family, loved ones, special events - its those memories that you will take with you forever. So stay grounded, stay positive and everything else will fall in line. Happy holidays!