Feeling a bit heavy after a little too much cheesecake and vino?
I remember just expecting that feeling during the holiday season.
“Well get ready to feel like crap tomorrow. One more slice of cake please!”
There are tons of tips on how to avoid overeating during the holidays…
- Use smaller plates
- Load up on veggies first
- Don’t hang out near the buffet
- Focus on conversation, not consuming
However, my favorite practice is actually using visualization.
When you can bring the energy of the person you want to be into your present, it can create an incredibly empowering experience.
Just take a few moments to visualize yourself feeling in control around food, being able to savor it instead of gorge on it. Imagine yourself enjoying the conversation and company all around you and feeling fully content on all levels with just enough food to satisfy your hunger. Imagine being able to handle your stressful family with ease and compassion. Nothing can get you down. You are grateful for this moment.
Alright, but what if that second slice of your Aunt Judy’s apple pie somehow sneaks its way into your mouth?
Here are some of my favorite ways to get your body back in balance after a bit too much holiday cheersing and chomping….
Get rid of the guilt
What happened happened. If you bring the energy of guilt and shame into the equation, believe it or not, this will do more damage than the food you ate, putting your body into a deeper stress response.
Acknowledge what happened from an objective point of you. It’s a fact. That’s all. Now it’s time to honor your body and take care of it.
Sip on hot water
The first thing we may think of the morning after a little too much indulging are coffee, soda or that gross blue stuff athletes drink – all beverages that will further tax and exhaust your body. What your body needs is liquid that will nourish it.
Sip on hot water throughout the day. This will help with bloating, constipation and eliminating toxins from the body.
Choose lighter foods
You just put your body through the ringer, having it digest foods that it’s not used to and in quantities that it’s definitely not built for. Reaching for more greasy foods may seem like the go-to remedy, but that’s only going to make you feel worse. But don’t worry, you don’t have to sip on green juices either.
Think warm, nourishing and easy. For breakfast, support your digestion with some stewed apples with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and a dollop of ghee. Or a warming bowl of this Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge. For lunch, think vegetables sauteed with some ghee or coconut oil and spices over a bit of rice. Go lighter for dinner with a warming soup or stew.
*TIP: Only eat if you’re hungry as well. Right now your body may just need a break.
Running 5 miles the next day isn’t going to be a miracle cure to undo everything you ate and drank the night before. Your body has been taxed. Don’t overdo it…just love it up.
Definitely move, but consider more gentle ways such as yoga, hiking, light jogging or whatever makes you feel good. Just get moving to help sweat out the toxins and support your digestion.
Not only has your body been through a lot, but your nervous system probably has too. The holidays can bring about a lot more stimuli (good or bad) that can send you off balance making you want to hibernate the next day. Don’t simply focus on your physical health.
Get in your daily meditation practice, which will help you destress your nervous system and also support your body in its detoxification process. Even just 10 minutes will benefit you greatly.
Create a new game plan
If you’re tired of the same old seesaw of overindulging and dieting, it’s important to become aware of what’s happening. What are the triggers that are setting you off. Where do you feel the weakest. What is your inner dialogue that makes you lose control? Depending on willpower to get you through the most tempting of times is not the solution (nor does it ever work.)
Create a game plan to help you identify your triggers and weak spots and get back in the driver’s seat of your health. Your body is designed to make healthy choices naturally. If you’re struggling getting back to this place, let’s have a chat and figure out how to release what’s blocking you so you can enjoy the holidays without guilt, shame or stress for another year.
Here’s your assignment for today…answer the questions below and share them in the comments section below:
1. What is you number one holiday food or drink weak spot?
2. What is one thing you’ll commit to trying to help support you in feeling more empowered around food instead of defeated?