The holiday season is a time to enjoy ourselves in the company of loved ones and food is certainly at the center of many of our celebratory traditions. All those parties and gatherings with friends, co-workers and family, time off from work, trips and delicious meals are great way to break the routine, something that many of us embrace. But for many of us, the holiday season can also create a lot of excess, especially with food and drinks.
I am a huge proponent of enjoying the beauty of this season in a balanced way, this means we need to break the all-or-nothing mentality and ditch deprivation, especially when it comes to food.
In my personal and clinical experience as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I notice that when we drop the excess vs. deprivation mindset, there is no need for extreme diets or workouts to fix things afterwards. I personally believe this is the best way to achieve a healthy relationship with food.
That being said, for many of us it is difficult not to go into excess during the holidays because the all-or-nothing mentality is so engrained in us. This is why, over the years, I have developed a few techniques that have helped me tremendously to enjoy while not going overboard and feeling terrible afterwards.
I personally follow these when heading to holiday gatherings and find they help me a lot to enjoy food in moderation and wake up feeling energized rather than sluggish the next morning:
- Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day. We simply tend to over eat when we are dehydrated;
- Have a protein-rich snack before heading to a party. This will help you control your portions much better. My go-to protein-snacks are: a handful of nuts, veggies with tahini or a few spoons of Greek yogurt with berries and true cinnamon. For a few more easy snacks check out this post.
- Take a moment to gather yourself before heading to a party: feeling stressed, anxious or simply excited? Take a moment to slow down, breathe and put yourself in a good frame of mind. Decide in advance that you will enjoy food and drinks in moderation. This exercise helps a lot!
- At a party, keep your alcohol consumption at 2-3 glasses maximum.
- Choose the best options available to you: fill your plate with veggies and salads; choose grilled and steamed over fried foods and enjoy foods in moderation. Remember, you can always have more at a later time, you don’t need to eat it all at that party.
And most importantly, enjoy yourself!
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