Whether we love them or not, the holidays are here. I love the cozy feeling this time of year brings, but for many of us it means more stress with the additional travel, family time, parties, food, and fear of gaining weight.
A lot of women I talk to feel like they either:
A) Need to double down, white-knuckle their way through the cravings, be “good” and pass up dessert, be in complete control, and maybe even follow a diet so they have something to stick to throughout the holidays
B) Say “forget it” and eat everything in sight, feel completely out of control around food, and feel guilty about it later on.
And both scenarios make it harder to enjoy the holidays because we’re stuck in a cycle of feeling tired, moody, stressed, and just not happy with our body.
Whether you are someone who is stressing out because you feel like you need to have complete control, or you eat all of the things and feel guilty about those three cookies you ate standing up in the kitchen, I’m going to give you some tips so you don’t have to be stuck at either extreme.
Think of this as your healthy holiday check list. You can customize this so that it works for you, but make sure these are habits that are realistic for you to commit to now and can also carry over into every day (not just for the holidays!) so you can always be treating your body with care. These tips will help you to support your mood, cravings, energy, digestion, and stress levels not only during the holidays, but every single day.
Healthy Holiday Daily Checklist
One final tip: remember that the food will always be there, so you don’t have to eat it as if it’s never going to be there again. Eat, live, and think of every day of the holiday season as if you are already at your goal weight. This is not a time to restrict or diet.
The holidays should not be a time when we’re worried about eating this or that or making food a big deal at all. Just. Eat. Enjoy the food, your family, and the experiences. This is just a time of year when your routine is different — not a permanent habit or a lifestyle that will impact your health long term. Celebrate, connect, enjoy, and be thankful!
If you want some more guidance on nutrition and healthy eating habits, join Megan and Adrien on December 9th for their upcoming workshop: Healthy Eating for Perimenopause and Menopause. We know what it’s like to feel like you’re doing everything right, but still not seeing any results. You’ll leave this workshop feeling more confident in how you can support your body with good nutrition. You can RSVP by signing up here.
Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.
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