The holiday season is the time of the year to celebrate, give, give thanks, share, and spend quality time with our loved ones. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s important to have fun and enjoy ourselves.
However, since we have the tendency to overeat and drink, which affect the way we feel, think and behave, I believe it’s important to stay mindful about our food choices so we can remain energized and healthy, and enjoy the holidays to their fullest.
Here are 7 things you can do to stay on track during the holidays:
- Keep reasonable portions
Keep your portions reasonable or get smaller portions if you want to try a lot of different food. Take your time to eat, enjoy every bite, and eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Also, try to indulge in only the most special holiday treats.
- Chew your food
When you chew your food properly, you eat slower, you enjoy your food longer, you digest better, and as a result, you feel better. It’s also a great way to avoid overeating and having digestive issues. When you chew your food and eat slower, you will probably end up eating less as you will feel wen you are full. If you have a sensitive digestive system, try to keep your meals simple and avoid overeating.
- Control your drinking
Alcohol, cocktails and other sweetened beverages, whether they contain alcohol or not, contain a lot of sugar and empty calories. If you consume them, consume them slowly and avoid overdrinking. Also, try to avoid drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.
- Make something healthy
If you are the host, make sure you make a few healthy dishes. Try to make something with more fruits and vegetables, or use good quality ingredients. If you are going to a party, ask if you can bring a healthy dish to share. If so, try to make something both healthy and delicious, featuring seasonal ingredients. Make sure you make enough to share!
- Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of fresh water throughout the day will not only help you to stay hydrated and energized, but it will also help you to control your appetite and speed up your metabolism. If you drink alcohol, drinking water will help you to avoid having a headache the next morning. And remember, tea and coffee are not hydrating; they are dehydrating. Stick to fresh water.
- Stay physically active
Try to stay physically active during the holidays. Bring your dog, bring your kids outside, go ice-skating; build a snowman; just do something fun! And after a large meal, try to go for a 10-15 minutes walk outside. Not only it’s a great way to spend energy, increase your appetite or digest, but it’s also a great way to connect with your family.
- Focus on fun instead of food
Instead of planning the holidays all around food, try to put the focus on fun. Try to plan different activities that you and your family will enjoy. You can also start new traditions. Play board games, do holiday crafts, or help or give to a charity or a cause that is close to your heart. The holiday season is about love, sharing and celebration; it should be a joyful time of the year.
Enjoy the holidays, and try to not be too strict with yourself. It’s all about moderation. Remember, we don’t only nourish our physical body, but our mind and spirit as well. I believe that if we practice love and gratitue more often, we would be more fullfiled, happy and healthy.
From all my heart, I wish you a very Happy Holiday Season.
With love and gratitude,