There are holidays all throughout the year, but no time of year tends to throw us off our healthy routines more than right now. With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New years within just a month of each other, that’s a lot of overindulging on loads of food and alcohol for most of us.
Lately, I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I deal with all the delicious temptations during the holidays. The first thing I’ll say is that I’m not perfect and you don’t need to be either. We set crazy expectations of ourselves like that we’re not going to touch any sweets or bread during the holidays, but it’s important to be realistic. The fact is, you probably are going to go off track a bit, and that’s ok! However, here are some effective ways to help you not fall completely off the cliff and still enjoy all that the holidays have to offer!
1) Don’t be so hard on yourself
You’ve worked so hard all year and most days of the week on eating right, exercising and reducing your stress. Don’t beat yourself up for one day of overindulging. You’re human and it’s normal to overindulge time to time.
2) Set your intentions
Before you go to a party, remind yourself of your intentions and goals. Set them, say them out loud, write them down. When you’re clear on where you want to go and what your intentions are, you will be more likely to stay on track and not lose control at the buffet or bar.
3) Choose whole foods first
Load up on whole foods such as fruits and veggies at the beginning of the party, or even before you get there so you’re not starving and more likely to reach for something unhealthy. Also make sure that you’re getting sufficient protein, fat and fiber at each meal during the holidays. This will help you control your appetite and also curb your cravings for sugar and other less healthy options. Continue reading