As we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving (how did that happen?!!), many conversations have come up about how to eat healthy and be healthy around the holidays. I have come up with a couple of sample menus; one for Thanksgiving (part 2), and one for a holiday party (part 3), along with some ideas on how to stay happy and healthy over the holidays (part 1). Part one includes a quick check list below:
How to stay happy and healthy over the holidays
1. Be patient… the holidays can be a stressful time, getting all the family together, spending money on countless gifts, trying to wrap up deadlines at work before the end of the year, etc… the list goes on. The good news, is that it’s pretty much hectic for everyone, you are not alone. So be patient, relax, do you best to stay calm and approach the holidays with an open mind and heart, to have the best possible experience. (this is a good time to try short-term meditation techniques and deep breathing!)
2. Eat smart: oh the foods! so much good food! And as much as completely indulging ourselves is fun for a moment, the feelings of- “OMG my pants won’t button” is worse and sticks around longer, right? Let’s be honest! So after hearing so many stories of friends and family who over-indulge and regret it after, just be smart! Allow yourself to participate in the delicious meals with your family, tasting delicious foods, eating, and then backing off when you’re full… it’s not going anywhere trust me, and besides, leftovers are some of the best part of the holiday 😉 Making smart holiday eating choices like eating lots of veggies and protein, and saving room for a taste of dessert, are good ways to participate, and enjoy, but eating smart.
3. On that note, make sure to incorporate some healthy but also tasty meal options and sides in your dinner so that you have healthy options to begin with (see coming menu!)
4. Add activity to your holiday agenda: turkey trots, “thankful” Thanksgiving/holiday morning walks, family touch football, morning pre-thanksgiving yoga classes are usually SUPER relaxing and low key, etc… these are all ways to easily incorporate activity to your day, and spend time with loved ones.
5. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Even if you are away from family, make time to join or host a small “friendsgiving.” There is something special about this time of year, and just getting together with people you love and want to be around.
6. Practice gratitude! What better time than Thanksgiving than to be grateful and show gratitude for everything you have in life. A bit of gratitude goes a long way, and when you take time to acknowledge what you have in your life, and be thankful, there is no greater feeling.
Menus coming, stay tuned and happy holiday prepping! 🙂