A Survival Guide For The Holidays
- Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that the
kitchennope, the WHOLE house smells like Heaven. You have waited all day patiently for food to be served, you have your buffet pants on and you are ready to dive in! However, there is a map for this quest! Taste everything…but don’t finish everything. Take 2 to 3 bites of all of the delicious items on the table and then stop. Oh and if you are going back for seconds…don’t take seconds of everything…pick just a few items that tasted amazing.
- Many of us celebrate the holidays with food, football and family. We gather together in one house, all 47 of your closest family members. We crack open beers, pour drinks and snack while the big meal is being prepared in the kitchen. I mean, seriously, it is impossible to not be hungry and eat when the house smells like a pilgrims dream! Hint #2 Don’t stand near the appetizer table! I can see it now, Uncle Harry has trapped you to talk about politics and the only thing you can do is to continue to nosh on the spinach & artichoke dip. Make a small plate of a few appetizers and excuse yourself to a different area of the house. Redirect Uncle Harry’s uncomfortable conversation to the football game! Exit the danger zone!
- Cheers! It is easy to get caught up in the holiday toasts and parties. The adult beverages are flowing and friends are having a great time…just watch your liquid calories. Rotate in a glass of water into the flow of drinks you are partaking. Your hangover will thank you.
- BE ACTIVE! When you travel or when you have guests at your house, it is easy to fall out of your normal exercise rhythm. While you may not be able to attend your favorite HIIT class or ride your spin bike, you can still move. Move as much as possible! Walk, Walk Walk…go for a run, tour uncle Harry’s neighborhood on a run…just move every day!
- Are you headed out tonight? Eat a small healthy meal before you go to the party. I love party snacks, but they don’t always add up to the healthiest meal. Make yourself a hearty and healthy snack/meal before you get dressed. You can fill up with healthy calories and then enjoy a few pigs in a blanket at the party!
- Don’t give up, Stay on track! Holidays break our routines, but you don’t need to throw in the towel! Every morning you wake up, it is a new day with new choices. Before you go to bed tonight, make a plan on how you can be more active the next day or how you can make smarter food choices. Even if you fall off once or twice…just get back on! Tomorrow is a New Day!
- Enjoy being with your family – don’t always focus on the food & treats. There are 47 people at your house, enjoy their company! Go for a walk with your favorite cousin Jeff, throw the football with your crazy aunt Beatrice, or play cards with grandma Nita. Food is a wonderful addition to the amazingly crazy times spent with family, but FAMILY and FRIENDS are the real focus!
- Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all of my family, friends and clients for the joy you bring me every day. I am beyond blessed to have the support system you provide myself and my family. I pray that I can bring you the same joy and laughter that you bring me. May your holiday season be filled with love, joy and peace on earth.