Empower Yourself This Holiday Season!
The holiday season can be a stressful time for many. You are under pressure to-- buy that perfect gift, score the best holiday bargain, plan the ultimate holiday party, and not to mention, complete your daily scheduled to-do lists. You are so focused on pleasing your family and friends that you forget to take care of what’s most important—yourself!
It is very easy to turn to food for comfort this time of year and use the holiday stressors as an excuse to eat without limitations. The temptation is high as we are surrounded by an endless amount of food everywhere we turn: cocktail parties, luncheons, dinners, gift baskets, potlucks, and the continuous holiday commercials. You tell yourself, “I just have to get through these next couple of months and then will start over again for my new year’s resolution.” This then leads to a downward spiral of mindless overeating, sleepless nights, and self-loathing that you have worked so hard these past months, and now you’re back at square one.
The holiday season doesn’t have to be this way though! You have the power to set yourself up for success! Go into these next few weeks with positivity and self-love! Welcome the holiday season and embrace it for what it should be about: family, friends, and gratitude for your beautiful life. Yes, it’s important to give to others, but you also deserve to show appreciation for yourself! You can accomplish all of your tasks, celebrate with your loved ones, AND maintain a happy, healthy life. The keys are intention, positivity, preparation, moderation, and balance throughout the holiday season.
FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO EMPOWER YOURSELF FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
GO INTO THE SEASON WITH INTENTION & A POSITIVE MINDSET!
Go into The Holiday Season with Confidence: Say “I will rock it this holiday season! I will-- love myself, be kind to myself, provide my body and mind the nourishment it craves, and enjoy every special moment with those around me.”
It’s Okay To Say No: Treat each holiday as a special day, rather than a month long feast. Just because you are “expected” to gorge throughout the season, doesn’t mean you have to give into every temptation. Enjoy a special treat here and there, but know that it’s okay to say no to food pushers!
Don’t Stress Over Your Holiday Gift Shopping: Know that any gift from you is perfect because you are giving it with love, and people are lucky to just have you in their lives
Go into The Kitchen with a Positive Mindset: Make cooking an enjoyable experience! Play music, light candles, have the family help, and put love into your food
Go to Social Gatherings with The Intent to Connect: Have fun with family and friends rather than focus on the food. Of course, enjoy the delicious food in moderation, but make it an added bonus!
Eat Intuitively: Rather than inhale your food, embrace the meal and eat slowly. When you sit down to eat, take a breath and give thanks for the food. Take smaller bites, chew longer, enjoy all of the flavors, and put your fork down between each delicious bite
No Regrets: Enjoy a serving of your favorite dessert without regrets. Be kind to yourself. You deserve a treat every once and a while. Allow yourself to savor each bite without guilt
PLAN AHEAD FOR SUCCESS!
Prepare Healthy Meals for The Week: Food-prep is a wonderful way to save time during your busy weekly schedule, and it provides you the peace of mind to have nutritious options when you are not at a holiday celebration
Never Leave Home Without a Healthy Snack On Hand: Bring a snack with you when you do your holiday shopping, so you don’t skip meals, or end up in line at the nearest fast-food drive thru. Veggie sticks, nuts, nut butter, hummus, and fruit are great options, and can fit easily into your purse.
Plan Ahead for the Treats-If you know you are going to a holiday party that evening, choose to the healthier items for breakfast and lunch
Eat A Good, Balanced Breakfast & Don’t Skip Meals: Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day and provides you with your morning energy. Don’t skip meals to save up calories. When you skip meals, your blood sugar decreases, which leads to cravings, poor choices, and you will be ravished by the time dinner starts.
Become Best Friends with Water: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. You will already start to feel full before the holiday party, and this will keep you from downing that first glass of champagne
Get A Consistent 7-8 Of Hours of Sleep Each Night: Sleep is so important, especially the nights before the holiday parties. Between shopping, working, and traveling, sleep comes last on the totem pole during the holiday season. When you have a good night sleep, you make healthier decisions, save calories, and are less likely to gorge at the dinner party.
Keep On Moving: Exercise will provide you with more energy and endorphins, and you will feel better overall. Even if you can’t fit a workout into your schedule every day, walk around the block, park further away, or take the stairs.
Wear Your Most Fitted Clothing to Parties: Not only will you look fabulous, but you will think twice before eating that second slice of apple pie
Contribute A Healthy Dish: The host will appreciate it, and you are guaranteed to have something healthy to eat and enjoy
Step Away from The Food: Stand away from the hors d’oeuvres or the buffet table. Choose a few items and walk away, so you are not tempted to mindlessly eat from the bowl of nuts or chips
Eat The Healthy Foods First: Fill up on soup, salad, veggies, and whole grains, so you consume less meat and starches, and only need a few bites of dessert to feel satisfied
IT'S ABOUT MODERATION AND BALANCE, NOT DEPRIVATION
Indulge in Sweets in Moderation: The holiday season comes around, and treats surround you at every corner. Rather than deprive yourself of the sweets completely, eat them in moderation, and balance the rest of your meals with nourishing foods
Think Small: Portion size is key. Use a smaller plate. When you fill up a smaller plate, your brain will think that you are eating more, and you will feel satisfied
Balance Your Plate: Fill up the majority of your plate with plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Take smaller portions of the heavier, starchy sides.
Only Eat It If You Love It: Choose wisely. Instead of piling up your plate with everything from the tables, just choose the foods that you really love
Forgo The Toppings: Enjoy the food, but skip or go light on the dressings, gravies, and extras. Have the turkey, but pour the gravy in moderation. Enjoy the homemade bread, but skip the butter. Indulge in a slice of your grandmother’s famous pumpkin pie, but pass on the whipped cream
Fill up your plate once, and don’t go back for seconds: This will leave room for a serving of the yummy dessert!
Pour in Moderation & Switch It Up with Water: Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine or holiday cocktail? Rather than have a bottle of wine or several cocktails with your meal, enjoy one or two glasses slowly throughout the night. Alternate the alcoholic beverages with water or sparkling water. This will keep you hydrated and prevent you from making poor decisions later
Sample A Couple of Dessert Selections or Share with A Friend: You will get to try a few bites of your favorite sweets, but will cut the calories
So go enjoy this holiday season with power and confidence! Embrace every moment with your family, friends, and loved ones!