The end of fall is quickly approaching and so begins a season of festivities and celebrations with friends, family, and everyone in between.
For many, the holiday season translates to numerous gatherings filled with opportunities to overindulge. It’s almost inevitable that you won’t be sticking to your typical eating routine during the holidays. Instead of panicking, or forfeiting to the idea that your diet starts in January, try to plan ahead for success.
Here are 8 tips to help you have a guilt free holiday season:
When it comes to health, each day is not all or nothing. Just because you have a family party in the afternoon doesn’t give you a free pass to ditch your healthy diet and lifestyle practices all day.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast will make your body think you are in a famine and it will quickly turn your Thanksgiving feast into fat. Try something with greens and veggies such as an omelet, smoothie or green juice.
Next, jump start your metabolism by moving! Perhaps you can go to the gym, take a class, go for a walk with your family, or organize a friendly game of football.
Avoid feeling deprived or compromising on food quality by offering to bring a healthy version of your favorite dishes. For example rather than having to pass on dessert, find a delicious treat that doesn’t have questionable ingredients. Check out Pinterest for healthy holiday food inspiration.
While alcohol doesn’t fall into the healthy beverage category, let’s talk about some healthier options that won’t leave you feeling deprived or hungover. You will want to look for beverages that are low in sugar and additives. For example:
Be aware of snack grazing to avoid unnecessary calories. A pro tip is to have conversations away from the food table and bowls spread throughout the party. If you have a conservation near the snacks you will inevitably find yourself mindlessly picking and munching. Your best bet is to step away and avoid the temptation. If you do want a snack, consciously fill up your appetizer plate and move away from the food table.
When scanning the appetizers, meal and dessert ask yourself “Is it worth it?” Before answering, think about a few things:
Don’t drink more than 4 ounces of fluid while eating. Consuming liquids while eating dilutes your stomach acid making it less potent. That means your body is going to struggle to breakdown your food and absorb the nutrients. This can lead to gas, bloating, acid reflux, and just overall discomfort. It is best to pause drinking about 30 minutes prior to a meal. You can plan to resume hydrating about 30 minutes after your meal.
Despite your best efforts, sometimes we eat things outside of our typical diet that lead to some uncomfortable digestion symptoms. Prepare ahead of time by doing any of the following:
At the end of the day, don’t let sticking to a strict meal plan take away from the joy of the holidays. Leave the stress and guilt at the door so you can truly enjoy the company of your loved ones and some seasonal treat. You can get back on track the next day. Life is about balance after all!
The article was written by POWCERT facilitator Maggie Dion. If you are interested in learning more about Maggie’s approach to healing, you can visit her website www.RejuvInnatenutrition.com. You can also sign up for a free 30 minute consultation to determine if her one-on-one or group programs are a good fit for you by filling out the form on her website.