- Bring your own food
No matter where you’re going, an office holiday party, Christmas or just to your friends house for Secret Santa, you can always bring your own food/make something that you know you want to eat. Make sure to bring enough to share but this way you’ll always know exactly what you’re eating and that the ingredients are going to make you feel GOOD! Doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy or nibble the other food available but this way you’re sure that you’re going to eat something that you definitely want.
- Try to sweat it out before AND after a big meal
The before gets us grounded and in the mood for eating and drinking exactly what we want. It’s not that you shouldn’t indulge but after exercising, you’re more likely to think before you eat since you’ve just worked hard and burned lots of calories. We tend to be conscious and mindful of our choices after exercising so make sure to get it in before you go.
The after gets your body moving and gets your metabolism back in action. I do not believe in feeling guilty after indulging and enjoying but this way you can get back on track sooner rather than later.
- Don’t just eat it, to eat it
Just because it’s in front of you, doesn’t mean you HAVE to have it. I’m all about taking a step back or a quick breath before picking something up to eat it. Do I really want it? Is it something I really like? Will it make my belly hurt? Answer those questions before diving in. This way you’re sure to only eat things you really want and that you know will make you feel good.
- Don’t skip breakfast the morning of a big holiday or party
It’s a very old school way of thinking to fast or skip meals before eating a big meal (like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner). It’s a total myth to think that we’re able to pack more into our bellies and that it could be the healthier way to go. Instead, make sure to load on up your favorite breakfast and fuel your body no matter what you’re planning to have later in the day. This keeps your metabolism working properly and allows you to keep consistent with your meals even if you have a big one coming up.
- Be true to yourself!
It’s very easy to get caught up in what you “should” be eating and drinking over the holiday season. If your grandma made her traditional dish, how can you skip it? If your best friend is hosting for the first time and cooking up a storm, you don’t want to be rude and not try it all, right? Wrong! You must be true to yourself and your body. Nobody else gets to decide what you eat, what you drink and how much of either you do.
**Enjoy the holiday season and all of the deliciousness that comes with it. And remember that it’s the company and holiday spirit that can fill you up just as much as the food!