It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But for many, it’s also the most stressful. There are large family gatherings to be had, sugar seems to be everywhere, and money can get tight. This is a time when indulgence is at it’s highest, but so is guilt and shame over holiday weight gain. Let’s make this year different. My number one goal is for you to have a guilt-free, love-filled holiday season. This means, that you indulge when is appropriate, you enjoy special foods, but you don’t get hung up about it. Maybe you have one piece of cake, without eating the whole thing. Maybe you spend a little extra time caring for yourself, as you also are caring for those around you. I want your gift this year to be your complete, undivided presence. The whole point of the Holiday season is to spend time with those you love. That’s the only thing that is expected of you. Be present. By actually being present in the moments you have with loved ones, you are making memories that actually matter. Don’t waste your and your family’s time by spending a whole dinner feeling guilty about what you did or did not eat. Look up, look around, and soak in the magic that is this season.
IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO
I struggle with this a lot, too, but the reality is you do not have to do it all. In fact, you are actually taking away from those around you if you try to. Instead, only agree to events and parties that you actually want to make time for. Focus on what matters to you, and you and those around you will enjoy this time a whole lot more. Rushing around will get very old very quick. Self-care is always in season, and it looks so much better on you than exhaustion.
SOME OF MY FAV HOLIDAY TREATS
Healthy hot cocoa: 12 ounces coconut milk, or milk of choice, 1-2 tsp raw cacao (or 2-3 tsp cocoa powder), honey to taste. Heat the milk, stir everything in, enjoy!
REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Shift your focus this year from having the perfect dinner party or side dish or dress, to being the most present you can possibly be. The whole point of the Holiday’s is to spend time with those you love. Focus on that. Focus on loving yourself. If you eat a little bit more than usual, don’t get down on yourself. Carry on. Breathe. Look around you. Take in all the wonderful sights and smells. These are the times and memories that count.
How do you stay healthier during the holidays? I’d love to hear in the comments below!