Holiday Survival 101
The holiday season is upon us, and all that goes with it. We have exposure to more food and beverage, higher calorie foods and beverages, increased stress, decreased leisure time, and the desire to keep our weight in check!
We get so caught up in the material aspects of the season and producing the most phenomenal dish or desert that we often lose track of the motivation and meaning of the gatherings, the gifts, and the meals. How can you show your love and appreciation without food? Would your family be more excited to have you stress free through the holiday and things less perfect; do they even notice? As you think about the tips over the next weeks, consider how these tips will enable you to enjoy the holidays vs. struggling through and vowing to “do it different” next year.
One idea for holiday survival is to resolve to make your health a priority by choosing crunchy, colorful, naturally sweet and savory foods for the Holidays and New Year. Choose to move more and take yoga classes more often. Greet the New Year with no regrets, no guilt, and no diets. Weight management isn’t weight loss, rather it is being free to choose foods you love and that taste good, feel good, and nourish your body. It’s choosing to be active, to manage stress, and to enjoy a restful nights sleep. It’s living an intuitive life, something that can be learned through many of our programs. Reflect on your motivators for health and weight management and choose behaviors that will result in meeting those goals, versus focusing on weight alone. Often weight maintenance during the holiday season is more realistic, doable and much less stressful than weight loss. This is the first of a series to ensure success from now until the New Year.
Holiday Survival – Food Tips