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Stop Doing This For A Healthy and Happy Holiday

10 tips for a healthy and happy holiday baking season

The best thing you could do for yourself this holiday season is to give up everything you think you need to do and create space to live. Inside this post, I’m giving you a quick holiday prescription including 10 things to let go of for a healthy and happy holiday.

We all want to make this holiday season one to remember, and we want to do it with our waistlines in check. The good news is, most people don’t gain weight during the holiday season. So don’t let the fear of what ‘could be’ lead you to self-sabotage yourself into becoming your reality. Your health is not a number. It’s a metric of nourishment.

This holiday season focus on nourishing yourself over worrying about anything else. Choosing to make the most of these fleeting moments that quickly become memories.

You don’t have to wait to get healthy and happy, but you can start right where you are. Your health is what you do or don’t do right now. Here’s your healthy holiday prescription permitting you to let go of these ten things to live healthy and happy.

Your Holiday Prescription:

Let Go Of These 10 Things For A Healthy & Happy Holiday

01: Don’t stress over one meal.

One meal will never make or break you. Yes, you may overeat. Most of us do anytime we’re presented with a big meal. But two or three big meals throughout the holidays is the problem. It’s what you do consistently. Don’t fear the big meal or try to restrict yourself. That only makes matters worse. Pay attention to your body, eat what you enjoy and let go of the restriction. Occasionally overfeeding is beneficial to your body from time to time. Enjoy the meal.

02: Don’t skip breakfast to save calories.

In the grand scheme of how your body works, calories don’t matter. At least not in the way you’ve been led to believe. What your body does with calories is not based on the quantity but on what type and when you eat them. Calories consumed in the morning metabolize more quickly and efficiently. Plus, eating breakfast provides the energy your body needs to thrive, decreasing your cravings and hunger the rest of the day. As they say, how you start your day is how you finish it. Don’t skip breakfast.

03: Don’t let people food shame you (and don’t food shame other people).

Food shame is a real problem during holiday gatherings. There is always one family member that tends to focus on other people’s weight or what diet is or isn’t working. Don’t play this game. Don’t let these negative spirals fill your mind. And certainly don’t fill your plate according to how you think other people are judging you. There should be no judgment around our bodies or food, and the only way that ends is to stop giving it attention. Don’t give it attention and eat the carbs.

04: Don’t let a scarcity mindset win – it will always lead you to overeat.

Most of us don’t have food scarcity issues. But a scarcity mindset can lead you to overeat, even in the presence of food. Scarcity is the perception that there isn’t enough food or that the food you want to consume is out of reach (which happens because of food rules and deprivation). The more you tell yourself you can’t have something, the more energy you give yourself to want it. And the more likely you are to eat it. In scarcity, there is no control. The best way to eat less is not to restrict. It’s the freedom to choose what you eat and how much.

05: Don’t skimp on sleep.

Sleep is the reset of your energy level. When you have a low-functioning energy pattern, you’ll always desire more food because food can be a powerful tool in gaining energy. Better sleep patterns always equate to healthier energy patterns which means you need less food. Make sure you are sleeping well during the holidays. An extra 30-minutes before the big day could cut your cravings in half.

06: Don’t live with the ‘who cares’ mindset because you’ve decided you’ll start in January.

There is nothing special about January 1st. We know this, even though we keep secretly hoping this is the year things will be different. The truth is, you don’t need to wait until January because you have everything you need. Health is inside of you. It’s not in a plan or resolution, but it’s how you live. Making health a choice you live today. Choose to show up for yourself right now and watch what you can accomplish before January 1st arrives. The only day that matters to your health is today.

07: Don’t set unrealistic expectations.

On some level, we all set expectations. It’s a form of control over the future that gives us temporary peace. This is normal, but it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Unmet expectations are why so many people quit, as they lead to a sense of failure and the action of self-sabotage. Be aware of your expectations and make sure if you have them, they are realistic and sustainable. Filter them before you accept them.

08: Don’t compare diet programs.

Comparision is easier than ever, especially with the perfectly filtered social media channels with everyone touting the best of their best. When the reality is, we all have the crazy aunt who ruins Thanksgiving. Comparision is nothing more than a distraction keeping you stuck focusing on external things when healing and health happen internally. Instead of focusing on other people, pay attention to how you feel. The less energy you waste on someone else’s filtered life or perfect diet program, the more energy you have to invest back into energizing yourself.

09: Don’t beat yourself up.

Your entire biology runs on your mindset. Every word you speak, even if no one hears it, has a biological impact. So much so that what you think about the food you eat changes what your body does with it. Whether you enjoy it, which releases it, or fear it, which means you’ll store it. Every word you speak changes your perspective, and your perspective controls your biology. Be kind to yourself.

10. Don’t do it all.

There is something perfect about embracing imperfection. There is something beautiful when you allow people to come into your home that still feels like a home and not a magazine picture. There is something beautiful that happens when you ask for help instead of doing it all. This year break up with the idea that you can do it all and step into the beauty of not trying to do it all. Let the dishes sit and enjoy the company. Laugh when in years past you’d want to cry. Let it be so you can fully embrace the moment. Don’t be Martha, be a Mary.

Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday!

Enjoy the season knowing that health is inside of you. It’s not there to sabotage you, but it’s there to allow you to enjoy every perfectly imperfect moment. You have what you need. Live it out in the imperfect, messy, chaotic season of the holidays. You’ll never regret it.

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