The holiday party season is upon us, which means abundance of meals, parties, and gatherings that are filled with delicious but generally unhealthy foods. Of course there is more to be enjoyed this season than these large meals, but the festivities most certainly can become centred around the dinner table.
Many of my clients and friends give up on their health goals during this time of year, planning on picking back up where they left off in the new year. It can sometimes feel like a lost cause even attempting, but I have some good news for you! You do not have to compromise your health goals this season, and better yet, you also don’t have to compromise missing out on your favourite holiday meals. With a few healthy tips you can implement this season and beyond, you can add some healthy additions to your meals without anyone noticing.
There’s good news — it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can still enjoy your holiday dishes and still feel like you are on the right path to reach your health goals.
Here are a couple of ways to assure that you stay on your healthy path while still enjoying the holidays without depriving yourself…
- Drink up. Keep up with your water consumption throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. If you aren’t a fan of water, infuse it with some lemon or lime to add a little pop of flavour. Staying well hydrated will help you digest your food better, keep your cravings under control, help with feeling less bloated and staying regular. If you’re enjoying any alcoholic beverages, it is helpful to have a tall glass of water before and after your alcoholic beverage to help keep hydrated.
- Move your body. I know that it can be difficult to fit in a daily workout during the holidays when your schedule is jam-packed. Like I said earlier, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Find your balance while considering your options — pick a plan of action for the holidays that is feasible for you to do each day. Is that starting off your day with a 20-minute yoga DVD at home? Taking a walk after dinner each evening? A dance workout DVD? Find what works for you, and something you will enjoy, so you will stick with it.
- Ditch and Switch. Ditch the refined foods and switch them with healthier options. For example, instead of using refined white flour and/or sugar, use almond flour or coconut sugar instead. There are many alternatives to choose from, and you can most definitely find one that you will love – and I bet you nobody will even notice! Aside from the sweets, you can also trade out white rice or mashed potatoes with creating cauliflower rice or mashed “potatoes” out of cauliflower.
- Fresh Herbs and Spices. You can really dress up a meal by adding fresh herbs and spices to it – I personally use them every time I cook. It’s affordable and simple to keep a small, fresh herb garden growing in your kitchen window, and you will always have direct access to fresh herbs. Even better many of our favourite holiday spices are greatly beneficial for our health and a strong immune system, which is certainly helpful during cold and flu season. Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and nutmeg are a few of these popular holiday spices that you will reap healthy benefits from, so find a place for them in your recipes anywhere you can!
- Use Different Plateware. One of my favourite, most powerful tools to stay on track with my health goals is getting creative with portion control. Instead of using dinner-sized plates, which we tend to fill, use smaller plates. Use a mid-sized saucer or salad plate for your dinner plate, and then go back for seconds if needed. A lot of the overeating that we do is mindless, habitual eating because it’s in front of us and we were taught to clean our plates. Taking this temptation away helps tremendously, and you’ll very quickly learn how much you actually need to feel satisfied – I guarantee it is less than you are used to!
With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to not entering January feeling bloated, discouraged and off track. A truly healthy life revolves around balance – and finding your own personal balance will take trial and error.
I’d love to hear from you – what tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve to stay healthy during holiday season? Let me know in the comments.
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Here is to a happy holiday season