My 3 strategies to avoid health guilt this holiday
The holidays. Both an exciting and terrifying time of year.
I am definitely not trying to be a scrooge, but between the months of November and December there are more holiday parties, rich, decadent foods, and occasions to indulge in alcoholic beverages than ever before.
If you are working on your health (or perhaps entertaining the idea) it seems way easier to just put it off until after the holidays.
How many times have you said on such and such FUTURE date I will only have one serving of dessert, I will indulge in 1 alcoholic beverage, and I will exercise 5 days/week?
I have said this to myself WAY too many times over the years and it always seems perfectly reasonable and logical. Until at some point during the holidays I start to feel crappy.
When I say crappy, I mean that I may go days without ever feeling hunger... That's crazy.
This is because I am over fed, over imbibed, and under moved.
Here are the 3 strategies that I am going into my holidays with.
I invite you to join me.
3 strategies to feel good during the holidays:
#1: Challenge yourself to prepare 1-2 dishes for the party that you can feel good about eating.
One of the biggest pitfalls for our health goals is being unprepared. When we go to the airport, a cocktail party, or a holiday gathering and we EXPECT that an option that fits our desires will be there.
Unfortunately this is rarely the case. If your physical, mental, and emotional health is important to you it's time to take matters into your own hands.
Come armed and dangerous with 1-2 dishes that you will feel good about indulging in. And bring it for everyone to have. That way, you don't feel like you are trying to make a scene by having your own special meal prepared. You are sharing.
You can fill up your plate with your healthy option and have little bits and pieces of what everyone else has prepared.
Here are some great recipes to prepare:
I plan on preparing these year. Especially that Chocolate Mousse...
#2: Offer to be the designated driver.
I am not a huge drinker. But when I start 1+ drinks on multiple days of the week, my body starts to feel it.
My stomach feels meh, I do not want to work out, and I feel like my pants don't fit the way I like.
To avoid the dilemma of to have a drink or to not have a drink, be the designated driver.
I am not saying that you need to do this every time, but it is a guaranteed way that you will stick to your 0-1 drink maximum.
That way when someone offers you a drink, it's nice and easy to say "nah, I'm driving".
#3: Make 5 minutes to move... Everyday.
Especially if you are traveling for the holidays this is a tough one.
Your whole schedule is off. On top of that your usual studio or gym is no where in sight and you have to pack extra clothes into your already stuffed suitcase.
Not to fear. You are aware of the challenges and now we can look at how to navigate them.
Schedule: Your whole daily timeline is off. It's time to set a new holiday timeline. Create time in your day to move your body and either a) catch up with a friend or family member that maybe you will have a hard time getting to see this holiday or b) have some alone time.
This doesn't mean that you have to get in the gym and be hitting it as hard as you usually do. But this definitley means getting out for a walk or run, doing some push-ups and abs in your room, or running through some quick sun-A's before you head down for breakfast.
Besides running and sun-a's, ere are my two favorite 5-minute exercises that will burn up your abs in no time.
I am excited to implement these strategies this holiday season.
Know that this doesn't guarantee that sometimes it won't be difficult. But I can bet you a million bucks it will make things feel 10 times easier.
I would love to see some food that you prepared and hear about how you are making it work!