Tis the holiday season! I recently did a poll in my Facebook group and found that everyone DOES want to stay on track over the holidays, which is fantastic! So, I have put together a list of my top tips for enjoying the holidays, but still staying on track with your goals!
1. Start the Day off Right
The morning of a Holiday can be pretty tough. It’s easy to want to be lazy, and not pay attention to our normal routines. It’s also easy to be too busy to stick to our routines! Instead of throwing out all sense of reason, or allowing yourself to break from your normal routine, be intentional about it! Go for a walk with the family, or do a quick workout. Drink your protein shake like you usually do, and eat the way you normally eat!
2. Eat All Your Meals
People often assume it’s better to not eat all day until the holiday meal. Like they are “saving their calories”. But I’m here to tell ya… that is the WORST thing you can do! Eat your normal amount of meals at the normal times. This will help you keep your blood sugar more stable, and also prevent you from getting overly hungry which always leads to overeating.
3. Drink Your Greens
Let’s be honest...the holidays are not usually filled with many green veggie options, and when they are, it’s usually covered in brown sugar glazes, right? This is a good time of year to get a high quality greens powder and make that part of your daily routine, ESPECIALLY on holiday meal days! You can find my personal favorite greens drink HERE
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Remember, half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day is the minimum you should be drinking every day! (So if you weight 200 pounds, that’s 100 ounces). The holidays are no exception, and in fact can even be MORE important, so your body can better process the higher amounts of carbs and sugar, and continue to flush out toxins. Staying hydrated is also a great way to prevent overeating!
5. Slow Down
Avoid eating quickly. Give your brain and tummy time to communicate! Taking your time, fully chewing your food, and listening to your body’s cues are all great ways to prevent overeating and feeling stuffed, bloated, and miserable. Allow your body to properly digest the food you are consuming!
6. Limit Alcohol
If you are going to partake in the adult beverages, be intentional about how much you drink. A good rule of thumb when you want to enjoy yourself and festivities, but not ruin all your progress, is no more than 2 drinks. And with those, make sure to also get extra water to account for the rapid dehydration alcohol causes. Limiting your booze will help ensure you still sleep well, and don’t feel crappy the next morning which could lead to a spiral of not working out, not eating right, and so on.
7. Consider Fasting
For healthy individuals, practicing a 12 to 24 hour fast after a day of feasting can be incredibly beneficial. Fasting allows your body to completely digest and process all the food consumed, and naturally detox. Cell regeneration takes place as well, because your energy can focus on all the other parts of the body, rather than on digesting more food. During the fast, consume lots of water, and you can even sip on bone broth. You will be amazed at how good you feel! (side note, check out my Intermittent Fasting mini course HERE!)
If the day of a holiday is normally a workout day for you, stick to that schedule! Get your workout done early in the day, before everything gets busy and chaotic. This will keep your blood flowing and your body energized for the big day. Likewise, don’t skip your workout the day after the holiday either! Getting a good sweat session after indulging is great for your body!
9. Practice Moderation
There is no need to abstain from all the delicious foods your family serves. Don’t be miserable! Instead, practice moderation. Remember, one or two bites of each dish allows you to participate and enjoy the flavors, without going crazy and overeating. If you want to go back for seconds, and you are honestly still hungry and not just going back “because it’s there and yummy”, then get seconds! Just practice the same guideline of 1-2 bites per dish, and stop eating when you’re full.
Ah yes… .holiday desserts. There are so many good ones! Practice moderation here as well. There is no need to sample a large piece of every dessert! Pick something, have a small serving, and be done! However, if you know you won’t be able to control yourself and stop after a couple of bites, then it may be wise to skip dessert all together.
Plus, here are a couple of BONUS Tips!
A post-holiday detox, when done correctly, can be very beneficial and help you stay on track. Don’t be fooled by crazy fad detoxes that have you drink weird things for 5 days! I’m talking about a true detox, with beneficial foods, no sugar, and intentional supplements. You can do your own natural detox by sticking to 100% clean foods, eliminating inflammatory foods (like gluten and dairy) and adding in anti-inflammatory foods like bone broth, tumeric, and ginger. Or, you can check out my favorite 3 day detox program, HERE (must order through me to get my meal plan and support!)
If you are bringing something to the festivities, make it something clean and healthy! Some nice green veggies, a hearty salad, or some other non-processed, sugar free option is a good idea. This way, you know you have something great to fill your plate with, and you are contributing to the meal.
Both lemon and ginger are great for natural detoxing and reducing inflammation and bloating. At the end of a festive day, heat some water and add a slice of lemon and a couple slices of fresh ginger root. Sip on that to end your day on a healthy note, and help your body begin the process of effectively processing the things you consumed!
And there you have it! All my best tips for staying on track over the holidays! Ultimately, the decision is yours. You have to decide that you want to still be successful, even through all the glorious festivities. It is 100% possible to stay on track and still enjoy yourself! Will you be the person that uses the holidays as an excuse to go crazy? Or will you use the holidays as a chance to prove what you are capable of?
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