Every year the festive season comes around so fast, like in a blink of an eye and before we know it we’re standing over the christmas lunch smorgasbord thinking, “Send Help!”. Not this year, here are my 7 Simple Steps to Surviving the Silly Season. These tips that will get you through this indulging time of the year without the overindulgence.
1. Prioritise your daily healthy habits
Just because it’s the festive season doesn’t mean that your health stops and you forget about the little habits that help you feel balanced, radiant and alive. See how I start my day here
, in my Free Wellness Guide
, 7 Principles to Simple Daily Health. (type everyday, even Christmas day and New Years day too).
2. Release the Pressure and Relax!
The festive season is a sometimes a year thing, not an every day occurrence. Remove the pressure of being ‘perfect’ there is no perfect. Enjoy your time with loved ones and your community.
3. Don’t over restrict yourself
Restrictions just make you feel deprived, which leads to overeating, binging and feeling anxious/negative about how you’ve eaten. Rather switch your thinking to making healthier choices. Enjoy a drink, some pudding and treats – allow it however enjoy eat mouthful, breathe, be present and you won’t overedulge.
Note: When you take the cookie from the child all the child wants is the cookie. Don’t restrict yourself – allow balanced and choose healthier choices. ie. a glass or 2 of wine – not 2 bottles.
4. Stay Hydrated
Principle #3 Hydration from 7 Principles to Simple Daily Health
– start your day with a large glass of room temperature water. Before an event be sure to drink well and between alcoholic beverages have water.
Everyone is always racing at this time of the year. When you get to your event, once everything’s done and you can put your feet up, just before you sit down to eat – breathe. Take 3 long deep breathes. This supports and enhances your digestion, communicates safety to your body and brings you into the present moment.
6. Saying No, is it ok?
It’s ok to say no. What you’re really say is yes to yourself anyway. It’s important to not let others encourage you to feel bad about making healthier choices for yourself. I know – peer pressure is challenging. When offered something that’s less healthy say no thanks, you don’t have to explain yourself rather be proud that you’re saying yes to you!
7. Healthy Swaps
When choosing what’s on your plate and going in your mouth make conscious healthy swaps. Key focuses:
– Keep it colourful, aim to have as many colours on your plate as you can.
– Keep it real, eating food that comes from the earth ie. your fruits and veggies.
– Switch it, avoid friend and sugar foods, switch starches to colourful and real options.
Lastly… Enjoy yourself!
When you’re surrounded by special moments become present, before eating become present – step into the present moment at any time of the day. Particularly if your mind is racing and you’re feeling anxious, focus on being in your body, who you’re with and Enjoy.
ps. Laughing optional but highly encouraged!
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