It is almost holiday season, and I am really excited for this years holiday festivities. This will be the first Christmas that I celebrate as a working girl, that is no longer in school! This is scary, exciting and empowering. We spend so long in school it feels that when the real world comes it can be scary. I have really been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and it is true what they say: “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Some updates first about what I have been up to since graduating from CSNN. I have been blogging of course, working as a Zumba instructor, working at Jaydancin, and chatting with other natural health and wellness professionals to see how we can work together and I am really jazzed about what has been going on! Right now my Mindful Eating Challenge is going on, and so far it is just so fun and exciting! I am also working on another program with a fellow RHN and it is starting to really take shape!
With this time of year being one of my favourites, it is time to share some tips to stay on a healthy track during the gatherings and indulgences!
1. Be thankful
Start meals and gatherings with thanks! Be thankful that you have food to eat, that you’re sharing it with loved ones, and that you have the great fortune of having time and ability to spend the holidays with family and friends!
2. Celebrate the day...not the week or month
While celebrating is totally acceptable and encouraged, make sure that when it comes to the less-than-healthy activities, you keep it to the day. It is easy to bake for a week and indulge every day and night and then continue celebrating day after day. In my family we have a lot of celebrating that happens, I try to keep the indulging to the time that I am celebrating with people!
3. Don't Arrive Hungry
Lots of us try to "save our calories" but we should really stop doing that. We do not want to arrive at a party starving from a day of deprivation, it causes us to over eat and mostly likely in the wrong kinds of foods. I suggest you eat light and healthy but also normal foods..perhaps try to get in a little more vegetables and if you usually have sugary breakfasts lay off those as you will probably have enough in the evening.
When we arrive starving we will immediately dive into the cheesy and heavy appetizers and take a few extra plates at the buffet. Instead arrive as hungry as you normally would be and enjoy a bite or two of the special treats you really love.
4. Indulge Wisely
I don't know how many times I have eaten something on the holidays I don't even like, simply because it was the holidays. Instead we should focus on indulging (and truly enjoying) foods that we really love and appreciate! If you avoid dairy most of the time (and you're not allergic) but egg nog is you all time favourite drink, a Christmas party might be the perfect time to have a glass and really take in the delicious-ness that you can really appreciate. For me, I don't care for chips, but they are something I find myself noshing on at a party, for no reason other than them being there!
Oh! Grab some extra helpings of salads and fresh vegetables (the vegetable try can always use some lovin') and chomp on those while you engage in festive conversations and activities.
5. Keep Things (Semi) Normal
Try to not throw off your schedule too much. Like I said, this is the first holiday that I am not in school, which means that I still have to teach classes and work some shifts over the holidays, and this is great for me, no boredom or major schedule derailing. Try to maintain some activities you normally would like working out, reading, relaxing and what ever else you spend your time doing. Often we find ourselves spending all waking hours munching on festive specials instead of doing what we normally would.
This year I grabbed a couple books from the library to read when I am sitting around relaxing!
I think that is enough tips for now! Don't forget to enjoy your holidays and spread holiday cheer!
What tips do you use to prevent over-indulging at the holidays? Do you just let it all go when it comes to Christmas?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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