Don’t let the holidays leave you overweight, exhausted & stressed!
Oh those days when I would fear the holidays – the cookies, baked goods, spirits & endless parties…all revolving around food. How would I ever survive? Waking up with the dreaded food hangover, guilt & totally “run over” by all the sugar I had consumed from the day before. I no longer live that way and I choose to never go back to the way I used to feel. I love my kids & family more than anything and hope to have a long joyous healthy life with them! My past has made me very passionate about what I do. Therefore, I want to share my Twelve Tips of Holiday Cheer, that have gotten me where I am today!
- Focus on the people - Keep it a social event not a food event. Spend time with people you haven’t seen since last years party!
- Be mindful - Make a plate and eat what is on it. Don’t graze – the next thing you know you will have eaten enough for two days!
- Limit alcohol – Excessive alcohol leads to irrational decisions – including food choices. Have one drink, then switch to seltzer water.
- Smart food choices - Pick one ingredient foods, raw veggies, salad & meat. Bring something to share that you know you would want to eat.
- Exercise - Don’t skip your workout. Even if it is short and sweet. It’ll boost your holiday cheer!
- Power Naps - take a quick snooze to recharge! When I am tired I make bad decisions. Set your alarm and take a quickie!
- Cook - Continue to make & plan healthy meals for yourself. Being unprepared will leave you reaching for a not so healthy snack.
- Be organized - Keep a list and calendar of what you need to accomplish. I like to have my wrapping done by the 15th so I can enjoy the season. Don’t find yourself frazzled under the tree on Christmas Eve!
- Manage Stress – Stay calm. Christmas is always on December 25th every year. I am not sure why I hear about people last minute shopping like it was something new to them! Stress & cortisol impact your brain, weight, immune system, thyroid & GI tract.
- Remember your goals Nothing taste as good as health feels for me. Once again, I got tired of waking up feeling crappy! The choice is yours.
- Calm mind - Five minutes of calm breathing can reset the body. Have you ever watched people shopping? They act like it is there last day to ever shop again. Stay calm. I love the holidays and have chosen to enjoy them instead of loathe them!
- Remember the Reason for the Season. What we have in our homes is usually enough. Be grateful and make it a Christmas that is merry, bright & filled with love!
No more obsessing over the dessert table, a second helping or endless drinks at the cash bar. The meal is done – enjoy your family & friends, it is that simple. Do you want to wake up feeling energized & vibrant OR sick, gross & unhealthy? I know what my choice is…what is yours? It isn’t perfection – I recommend the 80/20 rule: 80% healthy 20% enjoy life.
Provided by Dawn McNeil from Integrative Whole Health, LLC
As a Certified Integrativ