Believe me, I’m not trying to rush through fall or anything, but I know how fast time goes. So I am trying to do a little planning ahead, so I was thinking the other day. Why is it that we all make resolutions on January 1st? And, why is it that nearly 38 percent of the resolutions made are weight-related? I’d wager a bet that it’s because we ALL regret all of the indulgences we “enjoy” through the holiday season.
In all reality, though, some people never make real progress on the health and fitness goals because they spend all year working on losing weight and then end up putting it all back on once the Halloween candy hits the counter! Even beyond the weight gain, though, do you realize that a diet higher in carbs and sugar is actually linked to an increase in depression?
So, the holidays are supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year” when we all feel full of love and joy. But, when we combine the stress of managing the Christmas budget, the depression and fatigue that are brought on by indulging in excess carbs and too much sugar and the anxiety of trying to keep everyone happy, and the insecurity of feeling unhappy about how we look…It’s really no wonder we’re all so anxious to make some changes come January 1st!
But, I’m here to tell you there IS another way! And, I want to help! Don’t worry, though, I’m not going to suggest that you eat carrots and celery at Thanksgiving dinner, but I do want to help you enjoy all of your favorite holiday treats WITHOUT the guilt (or extra pounds) that often come with them!
3 Tips for a Healthy Holiday
1. Plan Your Treats
No, I’m not going to tell you you have to give up your Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving or even your Great Aunt Sally’s award-winning mashed potatoes, mainly because I don’t have any intention of giving those up either and I don’t want to be a hypocrite. But, what I will encourage you to do is to PLAN when you are going to allow yourself to enjoy holiday treats and stick to your plan.
So, if Thanksgiving is your day, feel free to go all out at your family meal, but when Black Friday rolls around, get right back on track and don’t let one day of “freedom” turn into 2 months of poor eating. Planning your treats will help you avoid feeling completely deprived and help you look forward to those special days and treats.
2. Create a Detox Plan
Okay, so we you’ve made it through Halloween, but you’ve indulged in a few too many Reese cups, so you’re feeling bloated, blah, and nearly miserable, right? I don’t know about you, but I often get that “sugar hangover” feeling, and if it is too bad, it can be nearly debilitating. This is literally a crux in the holiday season…
You can either let that sugar build up in your system and cause you to crave more and throw you into a vicious cycle that will literally guarantee failure throughout the entire holiday season. Or you can do something different. You can “detox” from that sugar binge and get right back on track.
When I say “detox,” I mean it very literally. I’ve done the research and know that sugar addiction is REAL. And, when you get down to it, even if sugar is not your thing, and you are more of a carb girl, there is no difference. Carbs are sugar. And when we eat a high amount of sugar and/or starch, it alters the equilibrium in our bodies. It impacts digestion, nutrient absorption, energy, mood, focus, and more.
Personally, I plan to do the 3-Day Refresh – a detox plan that includes a whole-food meal replacement shake (Shakeology), a fiber supplement, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. It’s not a starvation cleanse, but is a system based on whole-food nutrition that has you consuming something literally every hour or so. It gives your body just the boost of probiotics and nutrient dense foods it needs to reset it and help you get back on track. The last time I did one was right after my daughter’s first birthday, and I lost 7 pounds!!! But, even beside that, the mental fog was gone, and I felt so much more in control of my food choices!
If you want to join me, send me an email or complete the application below, and we can do it together! I’ll be running a group that will begin with the 3-Day Refresh and then continue on with a clean eating plan and Shakeology to make sure I get through the holidays the right way!
3. Get Some Accountability
I don’t know about you, but I’m still subject to peer pressure once in a while. I’ll have it in my mind to stay on track at the holiday party and even go so far as to fill my plates with veggies and cheese, and then I hear the dreaded comment, “Oh, come on! Just one isn’t going to hurt you!” And the more I hear it, the weaker my resolve becomes…
What helps me stay on track in these situations, though, is knowing I have someone who’s got my back! It’s really beneficial when it is a friend or family member who can stand strong in the moment with me, but having an online community goes a long way too. I mean, we all carry them in our pockets all the time, right?
If you have this support system, then you can think of all of the people counting on you to stay strong at the family party or to giveaway the tin of fudge that just somehow ended up on your counter. And, there is power in not going it alone!
So, if you want to go into and make it through the holidays feeling your best, put my tips into play. Think about all the work you’ve put in this year, and don’t let it go to waste! We can do this and still enjoy our favorite treats and festivities without letting it wreck our health! I’m willing to put in a little extra work the next couple of months so that come January 1st, my only resolution will be to keep at it!
Even if you’re not interested in the 3-Day Refresh but think you could benefit from more personalized coaching and support throughout the craziness of the holiday season, I would LOVE to hear from you! Helping other women improve their health and be the best versions of themselves that they can is my FAVORITE thing, and I’d be honored to support you in whatever way I can! Send me an email, and let’s chat!