How you can actually enjoy the holiday season without regret come January 2

Updated: Nov 18

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Does this sound familiar to you?

As the holiday season comes in fast and furious the overwhelm starts to creep in and you consider throwing in the towel with your weight loss goals at least until January because

  1. You deserve to enjoy the holidays!!

  2. You’ve been off track since the fall started.

  3. You already gave up at the end of summer.

  4. There’s no way you can take care of yourself & everything on the holiday to-do list.

  5. Just thinking about the holidays makes you tired & stressed.

  6. All of the above.

What if I told you that you can eat those yummy once-a-year holiday treats, stick with those workouts, have the energy you need to navigate your holiday schedule, and welcome January feeling proud of yourself for the way you stayed true to yourself?

It’s not as crazy or as difficult as it sounds. But this is a big one, you need to plan ahead and apply what my brilliant client calls, gentle tenacity (we need this on a t-shirt by the way).

Here are my top tips for prioritizing healthy eating this season:

Get clear on your priorities and say no to anything that doesn’t line up with them (at least when you can). People pleasers I’m talking to you. It’s okay to say no to that office party, game night, volunteer opportunity, etc. if it means your schedule looks more manageable and you get to keep time for yourself and your family.

Just because you’ve been invited doesn’t mean you have to say yes.

I once heard it said, "If it's not a hell yes! then it's a no."

Once you have clarity be sure to communicate with your partner, family, roommates, etc. where you’re coming from. This can help to avoid some conflict and confusion down the line.

Don’t sacrifice sleep for that to-do list. Delegate if you have to and shorten the list where you can but exhaustion = less enjoyment of the season and making food choices that you’ll regret later.

Pass on those holiday treats, baskets, etc. that come home from the office to someone else. Do not keep them in your home. If it’s that once-a-year fruitcake (does anyone love fruitcake?) your aunt makes that you just love, then have some and pass it on. You don’t have to eat the entire loaf to feel content.

When you enjoy a holiday treat, take the time to truly savor it.

Get rid of any distractions and fully focus on the taste.

Holiday food and treats are great to enjoy at the meal or event but keeping it in the home for every day of the holiday season = grazing on it day after day and that isn’t doing you any favors.

Don’t allow yourself to go to holiday events starving. This sets you up for overeating and once again regretting that choice because we can joke all day long about being stuffed like a turkey but frankly, it physically doesn’t feel good and you deserve better.

Hydrate! I swear this is the advice I give for so many things. Headache? Drink some water. Tired? Drink some water. Hungry even though you just ate? Try drinking some water.

When you’re adequately hydrated it minimizes the chance that you’ll mistake thirst for craving sweets, or other foods. Drink up! Need help remembering to drink water? Try this clever gadget & you’ll end up drinking much more! Ulla

Offer to bring something to holiday events - this gives you control over ingredients for at least one item being served. You can go simple with a veggie tray from the supermarket or something you create from scratch at home.

This last one is key...

Stay out of all-or-nothing thinking. When you make choices that don't serve you, learn from the experience, give yourself grace and simply get back on track. Remember that gentle tenacity I spoke of? This is where it really comes into play.

Need some recipe ideas? Follow me over on Pinterest where I’ve collected lots of recipes over the years for my personal use and for my clients.

Do you have a favorite way to navigate the holidays healthily? I’d love to hear it so comment below to share!

Until we connect again, I wish you peace + wellness.


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