If you’re like me, you love the holidays and all the great things that come with it: family, friends, and food. But if you are like me you might also be thinking “oh boy, here we go!…Here comes the downward spiral of over-indulgence that I’m going to need to dig myself out of as soon as the New Year rolls around…”
…a thought that I’d typically follow up with the “aw f$*# it” sentiment that would have me diving head first into mashed potatoes and stuffing my face with buttered white rolls.
For YEARS I’ve had a love hate relationship with the “foodie” holidays. You all know by now that I LOVE good food and socializing, but I always found Thanksgiving to be connected with feelings of shame and disgust in myself for eating too much and feeling heavy and gross.
On top of that, I was spending so much of my mental energy arguing in my head about whether or not to get seconds, and worrying if people could notice my belly bulging under my dress that I could barely enjoy the time I was spending with the people I loved most.
Can you relate?
If so, here’s the good news: there actually is a way to savor all the joy of the holiday without having to banish yourself to elastic waist pants well into the winter.
Today I am going to share with you 4 simple, fun techniques that have helped me TREMENDOUSLY in shifting Thanksgiving away from a dreaded binge-fest and into a holiday of gratitude, thanks, and (you guessed it) giving.
These 4 simple tips will have you well prepared and ready to indulge in all the goodness of the holidays in a brand new way.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what your biggest struggles have been when it comes to food and the holidays, and which of the 4 techniques you are going to incorporate this year.
For those of you who are rushing around getting everything together for the holiday, I made you a video so you can just press play and listen to it in the background as you go about your day.
Or, if you are in a super rush, skip below to where I lay out the 4 steps for you quickly and concisely.
Looking forward to hearing about your thoughts in the comments below.
Wishing you a happy and fulfilling holiday season.
4 Steps to Surviving the Holidays without Feeling Stuffed Up and Stressed Out
STEP 1: MOVE IT!
Yes that’s right, aim to bring some movement into your day. I recommend a brisk walk or jog in the morning before the holiday rolls into full force. It is amazing how having this time to calm and center yourself will have you energized for the day AND motivated to make healthier choices. And worst case, you go ahead and indulge a bit too much, you can rest easy knowing your already brought some balance to the day in this way. BONUS! Ask your relatives or friends to go out for a walk after the meal – you’ll be surprised at how great it feels and how much it brings you closer together.
STEP 2: WORK YOUR OPTIONS
Bring a dish or two to pass, or if you’re hosting, be sure you’ve got some delicious veggie-centric dishes to share with your guests that taste delicious but aren’t loaded with heavy oils, creams, and carbs. This way you’ll be PSYCHED to enjoy in the feast but will know that you are eating something that makes you feel light, energized, and uplifted. Short on options? Aim for filling 1/2 your plate with veggies. Then add in the mashed potatoes and gravy and pie. This is no way to do it wrong. Relax, and savor it all slowly and enjoyably. Check out some of the tastiest healthiest recipes I’ve found here, here, and here.
STEP 3: GIVE THANKS
Take a moment to take 3 deep breaths before you eat to give thanks for the food and company you have in your life. If you are celebrating alone, give thanks for being here on this earth, alive and nourished. Connect to that place of deep, sincere gratitude and watch how it calms the body and opens the heart. This practice not only feels wonderful, but it actually sets up your body to store food as fuel not fat – a win-win!
STEP 4: VISUALIZE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
This is super effective, relaxing, and FUN! Watch or listen to the video above starting at the 7:30 minute mark for a guided meditation to do the night before or the day of Thanksgiving. Imagining how you want to act and feel is hugely transformative and will start getting those neural pathways in the brain working in your favor as you create these new habits and mindset shifts.
There you have it! 4 Easy and fun ways to survive the holidays without feeling stuffed up or stressed out.
Now I’d love to hear from you…
What it your biggest challenge when it comes to eating and feeling well during the holidays? Which of the above techniques are you going to try out? Let us know how it goes!