It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! The Holidays are here and that means family time, vacation, cooler weather, parties and food…lost and lots of food!! So how can you ENJOY the Holidays and the food without over indulging and putting on the typical 5-10 Holidays pounds? Check out these tips and share below on social media!
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS:
1. Replace the “ALL or NOTHING attitude” with one of balance and moderation! My goal is to help you have a healthy and balanced relationship with food and your body so that you are not depriving yourself, but instead creating a healthy habits and a balanced mindset!! When you are at either extreme, that is when obsession and guilt occur.
2. Ask yourself, “Am I having a Healthy Cell Day?” Your health starts at a cellular level. How often do you think about your cells? Are you nourishing them with enough antioxidants, minerals and healthy nutrients to keep them healthy? If your cells aren’t healthy, your body will not be healthy. If you want to learn more about this, feel free to join one of our live Inspire Health webinars we offer every other week! This can completely change your perception of food and your body! It has helped me so much!
3. Eat every 2-3 hours and do not skip meals! When you skip meals or go too long without eating, not only are you depriving your body of nutrients, but you are going to have low blood sugar. This can lead to cravings for sugar or simple processed food and poor food decisions! You know that feeling when you could eat anything you see all because you went too long without eating? Make sure you are eating low glycemic snacks and meals every 2-3 hours. If you want to learn more about this, join one of our live webinars or check out the Free Information here on my website.
4. Be prepared! If you are going to eat every 2-3 hours then you need to make sure you have quick and easy snacks prepared. For example, if you leave the house to go shopping all day, make sure you take baggies of almonds or other low glycemic snacks. If you are starving, you are going to stop for that Auntie Anne’s pretzel in the mall. This is fine, but makes sure it’s part of your 20%.
5. 80%/20% approach. Being healthy is a lifestyle, so you need to enjoy it. During the Holidays, think in terms of 80%/20%. If you are eating healthy, low glycemic food 80% of the time, then you can have your treats 20% of the time. But if you are eating often and every 2-3 hours you won’t have as many cravings either! Remember, balance and moderation!
6. Apply the 1-10 Test. I love this one and have used it for years! Let’s say you are at a party and you taste something that looks amazing, but when you bit into it it doesn’t taste that great at all! If it’s a 2 (meaning it doesn’t taste very good) then don’t eat it. Don’t waste your 20% on something that you don’t really enjoy! If it’s a 10 (meaning it is absolutely AMAZING), then enjoy it and don’t feel guilty at all!!!
7. Bring something healthy to the event. Not sure what will be served? Why don’t you bring a big healthy salad or a beautiful platter of roasted veggies to the party? That way you know there will be something healthy for you to add to your plate. I have included a recipe for roasted veggies below!
8. Eat slowly and wait to go back for seconds. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that you are full. So finish your plate and then talk to your friends and family before going back for seconds! Also, make sure you chew your food slowly. This will help you digest your food better because your digestive system won’t have to work so hard to break it down. And you will absorb more nutrients and enjoy your food better! Most of us inhale our food and don’t even savor the taste of it!
9. Stay active. This sounds easy, but can be hard to do. There are plenty of reasons to stay inside right? Cold weather, too busy with kids home, traveling with your family. But just because you cannot make it to the gym, doesn’t mean you cannot find something fun to do with the family. This can be a special time to create meaningful memories! Take a walk after the big meal instead of just sitting on the couch, make a snowman with your kids or have a snowball fight! Turn on some music and dance. Again, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Find creative, fun ways to stay active!
10. Enjoy and cherish every single moment. One of the most important things you can do for your health would be to find ways to destress and cherish the moments. Take the pressure off yourself to be perfect or have everything done to Martha Stewarts standards. Instead, place more emphasis on the time spent with your family and friends. The little things will come and go, but the memories will last forever!
I hope this post encouraged you and helped you! If you would like to listen to the recording of our webinar, please contact me here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. May you and your family have an incredible Healthy Holiday this year!