The one refrain that everyone hears during and after the holidays is “I’ve gained SO much weight from all the parties!” As a health coach, this makes me cringe. Sure, the holidays are a time of joviality and indulgence, but that doesn’t mean your body has to pay the price. In order to protect your health, it only takes a little extra awareness and planning. Here are some ways I stay healthy during the holidays while attending parties and events:
1. Eat before you go. This is REALLY important. If you arrive at a party famished and you see a table full of cakes, cookies, and pies, of course you will not have any will power. You’ll make a beeline for it and eat until you are satisfied. Instead, eat before you go in order to keep your blood sugar balanced and your head on straight. If you arrive having eaten a meal consisting of vegetables, healthy fats, and protein, then you can indulge in a more mindful manner. Eat one cookie instead of five. Have a small slice of cake instead of a gigantic one. You won’t have to miss out on the holiday food, and you won’t have to pay the price for overindulging.
2. Bring food that you know is healthy. Holiday tables are always overstuffed with rich delights and deserts, and a bowl full of vegetables will be welcomed. I know, the holidays are a busy time. You might think you have no time to cook a dish to bring to a party. However, I challenge you to make the time to try one of these simple recipes. Soffrito, Roasted Tomatoes, and Cranberry Salad are some of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings. Not only are they easy to make, they are also delicious to savor and beautiful to behold. To make it even easier on yourself, take food that can be made ahead of time―for example my Cranberry Mint Quinoa Salad can be made a day or two ahead if needed.
Don’t let the holidays sabotage your healthy lifestyle. You CAN enjoy yourself during the holidays while eating clean, healthy, real food. Imagine starting the new year without feeling heavy, bloated, and fatigued from an excess of holiday goodies.
Too late for that you say? Remember that having a coach can make all the difference between success and failure in reaching your health goals. I have openings in January for new private clients, and I will be beginning a group coaching program. Contact me for your free health strategy session and get your health on track in the new year.