How to Avoid Overeating This Holiday Season
With all the upcoming holiday events and parties, it can be a real challenge to eat healthy and stay on track. I wanted to share some of my best tips to help you maintain a healthy relationship with food without taking away the fun!
- Set clear intentions:
- Start with your WHY- why is it important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself? How does it align with your values and goals in life?
- Plan ahead:
- Preparation is key to success and this applies to eating as well. Before the event, plan ahead and see if the host is open to accommodating dietary preferences or healthy alternatives and also consider bringing options to share that work for you.
- Eat before you go:
- Never arrive at a party on an empty stomach. (Similar to how it’s best not to go grocery shop when you’re starving!) When we’re hungry, it’s easier to graze mindlessly on unhealthy snacks and overeat.
- Practice mindful eating:
- Once there, can you allow yourself to pause and savor each and every bite? Eating mindfully means being fully present and paying attention to all your physical and emotional sensations while eating. This allows you to enjoy your food and also be aware of your body’s signals of hunger vs. fullness so you know when to stop eating.
- Hydrate wisely:
- We often mistake thirst for hunger and it’s really important to stay hydrated with water. While it’s tempting to grab another cocktail or soda, opt for healthier drink options instead and your body will thank you later!
- Be kind to yourself:
- It may be unrealistic to expect yourself to avoid all treats and indulgences at parties. Instead, practice moderation and be selective about what you choose to indulge in. One indulgence doesn’t break your overall progress. Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself if you slip up. Learn from the experience and focus on your long-term goals.
- Practice saying “no”:
- At social gatherings, it’s common to encounter eager/persistent hosts and friends who want you to try things or indulge. “It’s only one… live a little… you deserve it…” Learn to say “no” politely and firmly, and be proud of yourself for standing your ground. Most people will respect your decision, appreciate and even be inspired by your dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
- Seek support:
- Surround yourself with individuals who are also committed to personal growth and wellbeing to cheer you on. Share your goals and challenges with supportive friends, family members, and/or communities. The reality is that we’re all learning, growing, and evolving on our own journeys. I have learned to expect that not everyone will understand where you’re at but there ARE people who want to support you- you are not meant to do this alone! If you want an action plan on how to stay well throughout the holiday season and beyond, book your complimentary wellness audit with me here now!
Remember, the holiday season is a beautiful time to enjoy delicious flavors but let’s strive for balance and mindful indulgence.
Through implementing these tips and strategies, you’ll be able to have a joyous and health-conscious season while staying well!
I would love to hear from you- which tip are you going to prioritize next? Email me or leave a comment below and let me know!
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