How To Enjoy The Festive Season Without Over Indulging

Often we tend to overindulge during the festive season as a way of letting go or rewarding ourselves for getting through the year.

Often food is used as a form of release, self-care or comfort as it can temporarily make us feel good, gives us pleasure, or can help us deal with emotions.
But then the new year comes, and we lump on the guilt and condemnation for having had just a little too much and now its showing. We often attack ourselves with negatives thoughts, restrictive  behaviours to or severe detoxes that leave us feeling even more defeated.

So here are some basics tips to help you enjoy the season without overindulging and how to avoid that downward spiral.

1.Pile On The VeggiesShift the focus form heavy carb-based meals, by choosing one serving of carbs but focus on filling your plate with veggies.
Include a variety of salads if you are doing a summer Christmas meal, or opt for options  like roasted vegetables, steamed spinach etc to provide nutrients without excess calories.
Include veggies in your snacks i.e cucumber/carrots sticks with hummus

2. Portion Control
Use smaller plates to help with portion sizes and to not overeat
Fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies, a quarter with lean protein, and a quarter with grains or starches.
Always have protein with every meal and snack which stabilised blood sugar levels and helps you to avoid heavy carb-based highs & lows that can affect your energy & mood.

3. Listen To Your Body’s Signals

Check in with your craving,  is it truly hunger or perhaps fatigue, stress, or dehydration in disguise.
Pause before going back for seconds and savour what’s on your plate.
It takes the body 20 minutes to feel full, and for the gut-brain process to regulate feelings of fullness.

The key here is just slow down and enjoy!

4.Limit Liquid Calories
Check in with your craving,  is it truly hunger or perhaps fatigue, stress, or dehydration in disguise.
Pause before going back for seconds and savour what’s on your plate.
It takes the body 20 minutes to feel full, and for the gut-brain process to regulate feelings of fullness.

5. Mindful Indulgences
Savor special treats, mindfulness is key when enjoying sweet treats.
Be present in the moment and don’t just have it cause everyone having, do so intentionally and in modest portions.
You can have the cake or dessert but have half the slice and savour it..

6. Keep Moving
Counteract big holiday meals with regular exercise. Even a daily 30-minute walk helps manage stress and supports metabolism.
Aim to bring movement into your day where ever you can, every little bit helps:

  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevators.
  • Parking further away at the shopping centres etc
  • Taking the dog for a walk

7. Prioritize Sleep & Self Care

Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Your willpower, metabolism, and mood all suffer without adequate sleep, making healthy choices harder.

Take time to recharge your battery, get in some extra hours of sleep or relaxation. Ensure you take time out to do things you enjoy that recharge your battery, as the festive season can be a stressful time for many. Self care is not selfish but is needed to recharge so you can offer & be your best for your friends & family

8. Shift The Focus From Food To Family

While what you eat is important, I actually find that mindset is everything during the holidays. Give yourself grace, and don’t strive for perfection with your diet.

Focus on enjoying time with loved ones, reflecting on gratitude, and taking things one meal at a time.

MOVING FORWARD INTO 2024

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I invite you to redeem your complimentary 30-minute online session with me, and we can chat more about your health & how to get you feeling great again. §And I’d be happy to support you in making this upcoming year your healthiest, happiest, and most vibrant yet!