Coming into the holiday season can bring equal parts of stress, joy, challenges and fun, especially when it comes to food, family gatherings and parties.
I would like to share with you some thoughts on a NO REGRET, Thanksgiving to New Year’s Plan.
To begin, I’d like to ask you to consider writing yourself a destination postcard on how you want to feel January 1, 2019 and set your intentions. This could include anything about your health and wellness.
What are your goals, do you want to maintain your weight? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to improve the number of hours you sleep? Is managing your time something that can be improved? Do you need to think about how to manage holiday stress? However you want to feel and show up on January 1, 2019, write it down and state your intention.
Your intention is your desired outcome. Now go one step further and think about what you can do today, this week and this month that will have you achieving your desired outcome on January 1, 2019 and write it down.
It’s easier to focus when it’s in front of you in “black and white” as opposed to lots of thoughts running around our minds.
Among all the parties, work events, socializing with friend and families, we somehow lose our focus on what’s important. These events are meant for us to connect, bond, interact, personalize and enjoy each other’s company. These also happen to be accompanied by food and celebration, which can overshadow the primary focus of bonding.
Here are my top 10 helpful hints for a NO REGRETS Thanksgiving to New Year Plan:
- Eat slowly
- Pay attention to feeling full
- Use smaller plates
- Peruse the buffet first and start with the healthiest items first and then fill your plates with your must have “yummies”, be strategic!
- If asked to bring something, bring healthy
- Drink water before meals, in between drinks and hold the glass in your hand to keep it “busy”
- Move away from the food! Pay attention to where you are standing/sitting in relation to the food: it can be easy to pick, eat and talk on auto-pilot
- Who are you sitting with or talking to? Find the healthiest eater and become their new best friend!
- At cocktail parties, ask what the appetizers are so you can strategically plan for what tastes the best. Limit the # of fried items or with phyllo dough, and look for the interesting whole food options.
- Don’t go to the party starving!
Start new traditions and go for a walk before or after family food feasts. You may find a new way to connect😊
Most importantly offer yourself some self compassion. Getting through the holiday season isn’t an all or nothing sprint, it’s one choice, one meal, one walk or one day at a time. Any strategy or improvement over last year is a win!
Please share your favorite strategy or one that you have discovered what works best for you.
If you are willing, I would love to see your destination postcards to support you through the holiday season.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!