Here we are. The Final 2 weeks of the year, or as many of my friends have dubbed it. “F**k It Season.” Why do they call it that, because “f**k it, it’s the holiday’s” or “I already ruined my nutrition today, f**k it.” and my personal favorite “F**k It, I’ll start next year” So instead of throwing in the towel, here are 5 tips to help you thrive during your Holiday Binge!!
- Eat whatever you want but eat slowwww…savor every bite. If you decided to deprive yourself of some of the delicious holiday treats, there’s a good chance you’d become resentful and end up going off the nutritional deep end. Instead, slow down and savor every bite you take. It’s completely worth it.
- Drink ⅓ of your body weight in water (more if you’re drinking alcohol)
- Get some sleep! Try to get a minimum of 7 hours if possible. Sleep deprivation literally messes with your mind and your appetite. When deprived of sleep, the body produces more ghrelin, a”hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat… and eat… and eat. Simply by getting enough sleep your body will better regulate those hunger cues all on its own, which will make it easier for you to moderate your consumption of those tasty, holiday appetizers and desserts
- Try to move a little– Workout before your Party. Take a walk before or after the meal! Play Twister with your guests, Dance around the kitchen to your Favorite Songs. Moving will re-energize you and help with some digestion. *Caution, twister after your meal is a BAD idea. Keep this to a before meal activity. *Caution #2, dancing after too much alcohol or too much food might lead to a massive evacuation of your stomach contents. Be Smart about it.
- Have a plan– Having a plan going into the Holidays or any party will be crucial to your success. Maybe your plan is to eat all the food but only have 1 plate and no leftovers, or I will eat well the days before and Eat whatever I want that day, but the next day I am back to my eating regular healthy meals and consistant exercise. Or, I will only eat 1 plate, 1 dessert and 2 cocktails, go for a walk and get some good sleep! Don’t abdicate your nutrition, fitness and wellness to someone who doesn’t have anything invested in it.
This season is a great reason to celebrate and enjoy delicious treats, fantastic cuisine’s and amazing people. Try not to spend it in agony or regret for going overboard.