It’s been several months since I’ve written a blog. Somehow life has just gotten in the way, but in a good way!
With Thanksgiving this week, I think it’s time for an updated Holiday Survival Guide! This is the time of year everyone overindulges, be it in food, alcohol, late nights out…you name it! Of course most of this goes hand in hand. In addition, we also go through a lot of stress and pressure. Family events, business parties, social obligations…getting it all on the calendar and keeping ones sanity doesn’t make it any easier. In addition, many people do not have joyous holidays and often feel alone and sad. Unfortunately, it’s not all the “Hallmark” Holiday Movies many of us get caught up in.
All of this often can lead to making decisions that we may not normally make. Unfortunately, most of us experience a tremendous amount of guilt when this happens. Often it’s delayed…we think about it but say, well, it’s the holidays! I’ll make “changes” come the New Year. We all know resolutions are not worth the time it takes to make them. Research shows that it’s the small steps we take every day that help us accomplish and maintain our successes in life. So, back to my tips and tricks to survive November and December, so you avoid the dreaded “holiday hangover” on January 1st!
As most of you know, I’m a foodie! My motto is: Simple, Healthy and Delicious. I’m also a bit of a fitness fanatic! But I believe strongly that you can enjoy great food and wine and not send yourself over the edge. So here are some of my tips!
- Think before you eat.
- Make good choices.
- Always bring something healthy to a party. Always.
- Prepare and bring food that you like and want to eat!
- Don’t starve yourself all day so you can eat later.
- Do you really like mashed potatoes? Or sweet potatoes with gooey marshmallow?
- Do you even like pecan pie? I don’t!
- Are you “drinking” to fit in? Because everyone else is?
- Stay away from the sugary alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and stick with sparkling water, wine, wine spritzers, light beer, or even hard alcohol, sans the sodas, syrups, etc.
- Drink water.
- If you love something, eat it! But you don’t have to overindulge. Savor your bites!
- Be mindful.
- Just say no! It’s ok! You don’t have to be “polite”.
- Make no excuses for your choices. Trust me, others wish they did the same.
- Start reading healthy food blogs! Here are a few of my favorite holiday recipes!
- Get in 30 minutes of exercise daily. No excuses!
- Mediate…even if it’s just 5 minutes to center yourself.
- Be grateful for all the abundance in your life.
- Don’t forget, this isn’t your last meal.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Honor your body, spirit and mind. By doing so the transition to 2019 will be a much smoother journey.