Have you considered a strategy to help you navigate the holiday willpower trap?
We only have a limited amount of willpower to withstand the bombardment of delicious foods and alcohol at holiday parties, let alone the social pressure to try everything.
So here are a few things to practice during the holiday festivities to counter mindless overindulgence.
1. Breathe deeper.
If you are aware of your breath, you’ll be more aware of your choices. Ask yourself, “What do I want? How much is enough? Do I need more?”
Connecting with our breath brings us to the present moment instantly and empowers us to choose behaviors that are aligned with our personal values.
Also, practice conscious breathing when in conversation with others to truly be with them. When we give our true presence, it’s the greatest gift we can give another person.
We want to make the world a better place
By slowing down our frenetic pace,
By doing so we make a space
To open up to love and grace.
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2. Don’t step in the trigger food trap!
Sugar, salt and fat are addictive because they activate the reward center in our brains, making it really hard to stop eating them once you’ve started because they taste good and feel good (in the short term).
Try and crowd out the cravings at holiday meals by identifying what your biggest triggers are and disarming them by filling up on healthier homemade foods first (not the store bought, processed foods). Focus on fiber. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, drink at least 64 ounces of water and steer clear of the sugar!
Our willpower is best when our blood sugar levels are stable, so be sure to eat a healthy snack before going to the parties. If you go hungry, you’ll have less willpower to say no to your trigger foods.
3. Take a brisk “walk & talk” with loved ones between courses.
Feeling full? Talk a quick 15 – 30 minute walk between courses to help stimulate digestion, charge up your metabolism and feel better while also connecting with your loved ones.
Research from the American Heart Association has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Improve blood lipid profile
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance mental well being
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
I hope you can focus on these 3 simple tips to enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season with your friends and family.
The New Year is coming, so stay tuned for lots of new offerings, programs and ways I’ve developed for you to stay lean and eat clean in 2015!
➜ In the comments below, I’d love to hear your tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays.