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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

How to Stay Healthy during the Holidays

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Holiday Survival Guide

 

The holidays are officially here!! With all the excitement also comes lots of FOOD! And usually it’s lots of unhealthy food! Is it possible to stay healthy during the holidays? If so, how on earth do you do it?! So glad you asked! I’ve got you covered! Here are my 5 easy tips for surviving the holidays:

1.) Bring food to share. You know what they say, sharing is caring! Share the love by bringing a beautiful salad or make a super yummy veggie dish to share with everyone. This way you know you’ve got at least one healthy option and can get some real nutrition in! Plus, sharing is a great way to ease people into what you’re doing instead of saying, “I’m on a special diet” or “no I can’t eat that”, instead focus on what you CAN have and have LOTS OF IT!! Remember, it’s not about deprivation, it’s about eating greater quantities of healthier foods!

2.) Eat something healthy before you go. Carrots & hummus, veggies and dip, a beautiful salad, green smoothie, or green juice would all be great to have before you go to Thanksgiving dinner. This way, even if there are no healthy options available, you know you’ve at least had some mineral dense foods before you go!

3.) Indulge in 1 favorite. Are you a sucker for pecan pie or is your grandmother’s stuffing your absolute favorite thing in the whole world? Well then, eat it! That’s right, I said eat it!! Do everything else right (salad before the meal, load up with lots of veggies, proper food combining, ect) and then go ahead and ENJOY that one favorite dish. Don’t feel bad about it either! It’s one day out of the year and it’s important to ENJOY life, enjoy the things you love, enjoy time with your family and friends!! Do everything else right and know that one slice of pecan pie, in the grand scheme of things, is not going to set you back.

4.) Don’t talk about it. There’s nothing more annoying than having a dinner guest preach on about their dietary principles and guidelines.  If you know you are going to a family affair where there will be ZERO vegetables then it’s your job to bring your own (see Tip #1), not to lecture the hosts on why they should be eating more vegetables or why your diet is better than theirs. That’s just bad manners! The same holds true if people are questioning you about your heaping plate of veggies. No need to go into all the nitty-gritty details regarding your diet, just comment on how delicious the veggies taste, how much you are loving them and how you just can’t get enough! You’re eating all those veggies because they taste good and make you feel good!

5.) Go for it! Thanksgiving dinner comes just once a year. If you REALLY love Thanksgiving and you REALLY want to have everything, the good and bad, then just go for it! ENJOY IT!!! It’s one day out of 365 and it’s not going to kill you! Yes, it would be nice if you tried to eat at least some veggies but like I said, if you want to, just go for it! Then get right back on track the next day with a green smoothie in the AM and lots of veggies. As long as you are willing to get back on track you don’t need to be worried about being a little overindulgent for just one day!

I hope these tips help you to navigate the holidays in a way that’s best for you. If you want to stay on track, go for it! But don’t beat yourself up if do decide to indulge a little. The holidays are about being with the ones you love and focusing on gratitude. Remember to be thankful, look at how far you’ve come, and enjoy yourself. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

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