Tips for enjoying your favorite holiday treats without expanding your waistline or sabotaging your health…
*Be smart while enjoying a festive drink. November and December is a time of celebration as we get together with special friends and loving family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There may even be a work party on your calendar too. As your personal Health Coach, I am all for you enjoying a few drinks here and there, but I also want you to be mindful of hydrating with lots of water and making sure you eat something protein rich, such as some turkey, beforehand to help stabilize your blood sugar levels from the alcohol / sugar intake. This is a super trick to prevent you from unconsciously overindulging on holiday foods!
*Go in to mealtime with a game plan. Tell yourself before you sit down that you only need one plate of your favorite holiday foods and optionally a small piece of desert. If you eat your food slowly and mindfully, thoroughly chewing every bite, then you will feel more satisfied and be able to recognize when you are almost full. Stopping when you are around 2/3 full is a great guide for feeling comfortable and not expanding your waistline. HOT TIP: load up on nutrient dense veggies: pumpkin, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, kale, green beans, carrots, onion, garlic, cabbage and mushrooms! YUM.
*Engage your senses. You will enjoy and get more satisfaction from your favorite festive foods if you take your time and engage your senses by smelling the food, looking at the beautiful colors on your plate and focus on the delicious flavors each bite brings to your taste buds. This is mindful eating and in practicing it you are less likely to stuff your face and battle the bulge. It also dramatically improves digestive function!
*Move your body. I'm not talking about "exercise"... The holidays are a great time to play games with the family especially if you have kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids. By doing physical activities that are fun such as kicking a ball around the backyard, playing twister, or dancing to your favorite holiday tunes... you will never know you are burning off your last meal!
*DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY. Life is about enjoying! You know intuitively what your body needs more than anyone else. Embrace the relaxed nature of the holidays and treat yourself a little to some of your festive food favorites. Listening to your body is key! It will tell you when you have had enough to eat if you use the tips I mention in this blog post. Slow down and savor every bite. Eating mindfully means there is no need to feel guilty or battle the bulge after the holidays are over. Decide what you want, own that choice and enjoy! My philosophy is everything in moderation.
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