I’m cutting straight to the chase this week.
It’s December 17.
You’ve likely been to at least one holiday gathering by now, and feel mixed emotions about all the food, drinks, and sweets you’ve had and will have.
So I’ve pulled together a simple holiday survival guide using 5 principles that work well for me when it comes to balancing indulgence and celebration, with staying on track and more importantly, feeling your best.
1. Don’t show up hungry
Over the holiday period, try to continue to eat as you normally would so that you don’t “save your appetite” for an event, or leave yourself feeling famished by the time you arrive. You’ll end up eating a healthier amount, prevent overeating, or you’ll be less tempted to reach for the least healthy food on the table triggered by your blood sugar being too low.
As a health coach, I always recommend eating your usual meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with snacks in between so that you are eating something every 3 hours. It optimizes your blood sugar, metabolism, and digestion.
2. Healthiest foods first, quality ingredients second
Fill your plate with the healthiest foods first. Then, fill up on the choices that offer you the highest quality ingredients you can see. If you’re unsure of the ingredients of a certain food, chances are, it’s got a lot of processed, lower quality ingredients in it. Opt for the real food that’s as close to its natural state as possible, was handmade or homemade, and made with whole ingredients.
3. Eat as slowly as you can
When eating in a social setting, it’s easy to be distracted from noticing how full you’re getting. To allow your body a little bit more of a buffer, try to eat as slowly as you can. Try to be the slowest eater in the room and really savour what you’re enjoying. This will help you from overeating and eat with a little more awareness than you normally would at such a gathering.
4. Match your drink with equal parts water
Whether it’s egg nog, pop, or alcohol, try matching whatever you drink with equal parts water so that you stay hydrated and drink a little less of the more sugary drinks.
5. Own it.
Finally, and most importantly, OWN IT. You made a conscious decision to attend a party, so be present, enjoy yourself, and stop diluting your experience with feelings of guilt, shame, or worry. Take full responsibility for your experience. Allow yourself to have a good time, and know that you’ll be just fine. There’s nothing wrong or harmful about a little indulgence.
Happy holidays ❤
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