5 Helpful Tips on Navigating the Holiday Season (BONUS 25 Clean Holiday Recipes)

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It’s that time of year again. The feasting season is upon us. All the sweet treats and holiday goodies are tempting us at the stores, at work, at holiday parties and even in our own homes!

My clients and I have been developing specific plans that are realistic and fun to tackle this holiday season. I’d be happy to help you as well. Keep in mind that for many of you, your insurance benefits for nutritional counseling renew January 1st so you can start booking sessions with me now for a healthy and happy 2016.

I love working one on one with clients to customize a plan that works just for you. I offer in person, Skype and phone wellness coaching. You can learn more about my service here.

Holiday weight gain may not seem like a big deal if it’s a few pounds here and there, but what’s important to note is that most Americans never lose the holiday weight gain. So the few pounds from last year is added to the few pounds from this year and over time, it can lead to an uncomfortable amount of weight gain, unhealthy habits and some serious health risks. In order to prevent this from happening, I’ve put together a holiday cheat sheet for you with some helpful tips and clean holiday recipes so you can enjoy the season.

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5 Tips on Navigating the Holiday Eating Scene

1. Plan ahead.Think about who is hosting the party and if it’s a health conscious crowd. Plan for there to be NO healthy options available, so be sure to drink enough water and eat a well balanced meal/snack before leaving for the party (cough cough GREEN SMOOTHIE!).

a. Eat and hydrate before the party. Obviously, my go-to snack/meal is a green smoothie. It’s packed with living plant cells that give you tons of energy, antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein! This is a perfect meal to fuel your body before a holiday party. You will feel so healthy, clean and energized that the sugar, fat and salty foods won’t even tempt you. Also, be sure to exercise before getting all dolled up.

b. ‘Sweat before shower’. It can be a brisk walk around the block, some in home exercises, a quick gym session or a workout class. Whatever you choose, be sure to schedule it! If it’s not written down or scheduled on your calendar, it’s much less likely to happen. Most of the time if you workout and have clean fuel in your system, you feel better, your blood sugar level is stable and you are much more likely to say NO to temptation. Give it a try!
2. Savor. If you know one of your favorite treats will be at a party, practice portion control and savor each bite of the indulgent foods. Keep your health goals at the forefront of your mind and remember that one bite or meal will not undo all the good you’ve done. Isolate the unhealthy foods and keep them to a minimum and get right back to your normal routine after the party.

3. Get Right Back on Track. Imagine every meal is a Monday morning. Most of my clients are great about planning for their weeks and Monday is a time to ‘get back on track’ after a weekend of eating and drinking. My advice is don’t wait that long. Capture that energy of what it feels like to eat clean, lean and green on Monday morning and use it immediately following an indulgent meal. For example, if you had a particularly indulgent lunch, make dinner clean and veggie heavy to balance. This way you will feel much better throughout the holiday season and have less ‘work’ to do come January.

4. Alcohol and Sugar. Eeeeek! These two are toxic and have the power to derail our health goals completely, so it’s imperative to consume as little as possible. It’s the holiday season which means this is the time of year for all your favorite sweet treats to be enjoyed, but do so within reason. Have one bite, not five. As for alcohol, choose drinks that have less sugar in them like red wine or vodka with water and a twist of lemon/lime and set a limit for yourself like 2 drinks max. Drink water in between drinks to avoid dehydration and nasty hangovers.

5. Focus on conversations instead of calories. This time of year is such a special time of warmth and connection. Fill up on the company of your loved ones instead of food. Limit the amount of food you eat to create more space for love and gratitude. Give people your full attention. Put your phone away, stand away from where the food is displayed, limit distractions and give PRESENCE. It’s the greatest gift of all and you will leave feeling full (of joy).

Wishing you and your family a very healthy + happy holiday season,

Christa

 

BONUS! 25 Clean Recipes for the Holidays

 Breakfast Ideas

Baked Egg in Avocado
Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
Banana Pancakes
Vegan Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Lunch Ideas

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Warm Mushroom Spinach Salad
Warm + Roasted Winter Salad Bowl
Crowd Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad

Dinner Ideas

Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Paleo BAM BAM Shrimp
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo

 Snacks Ideas

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Smoky & Spicy Nut, Sesame and Coconut “Bacon” Bar Nuts
Sweet Potato Queso Dip (Dairy and Nut Free)
Red Pepper Dip

 Sweet Treats

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