550_4818348I am always amazed at the abundance of holiday treats in all the places you go – dishes of candy at the office, gift-wrapped boxes of cookies, and bottles of wines and spirits at every turn. Combine that with Christmas parties and celebration dinners out on the town and it is serious overload! Wining, dining and overindulging are expected (and even celebrated) this time of year.

It can be enjoyable to eat what you want to eat and partake in your particular familiar holiday treats (mine is chocolate!) within reason. But even the most determined among us typically end the season with a physical and emotional hangover which is why so many have a New Year’s resolution to get back on track.

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Consider writing out a plan for the rest of December that outlines exactly how you want to live your life, treat yourself, and nourish your body during these hectic, emotional weeks.

 

Think about goals like:

·      Diet

·      Meditation routine

·      Sleep schedule

·      Exercise schedule

700_5250873How would you feel on January 1st if you kept to your goals? Spiritually, physically, and emotionally, it can be incredibly rewarding to be proud of yourself for sticking to your plan.

Holiday Food Promises

The secret is to make and keep simple realistic promises to yourself.

Here is my list of holiday party promises:

1) Drink three tall glasses of water 30 minutes before each party/meal

2) Limit of one alcoholic drink

3) Skip cheese and crackers

4) Have no desserts or one bite of a dessert

680_44261235) Be in bed by 12:30

6) Walk at least 10,000 steps on my Fitbit ever day (non-negotiable)

It takes commitment, but afterwards you will feel AMAZING! These commitments are not about punishing or depriving yourself.  It is about moderation, accountability, happiness and, above all, honoring your health. You can even consciously decide to gain 5 pounds over the holidays and schedule a plan of action to undo the damage, if that’s what works for you.

You have the power to change your thoughts and how you will feel in 2016. If you want more information on how you can create a healthier plan in the New Year, please contact me for an appointment where we can discuss your goals for better health and make a plan to a healthier you!