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How To Have A Healthy Holiday Season

Throughout the years I’ve tried everything to lose weight with no avail. Diets only had short term results. Now, I’m a health coach!

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It’s Not About The Food

As a health coach, I help individuals overcome temptations and choose healthy alternatives.

The first thing to remember is that the holidays are not about the food. Every holiday has a specific meaning. A reason to celebrate.

It’s about the people you’re celebrating with. Try to focus on that true meaning and the people you’re sharing it with.

Here are some tips I give my clients to help them stay on track with their goals health during the holidays.

Bring A Healthy Dish

It’s so simple! Bring something healthy. Some great ideas are a healthy green bean casserole, salad, a fruit tray, a veggie tray, or a kabocha pie. It needs to be something that you genuinely enjoy.

Don’t have time to cook? Fruit and veggie trays are super easy to pick up at the store prior to the gathering.

Make sure to bring plenty for everyone else plus a big serving for you. This is what you are going to fill almost half of your plate up with.

Only Take One Plate

One of the biggest mistakes is going back for more: Getting seconds, or thirds, or fourths, and so on.
Adults don’t need more than one plate of food for dinner. More than one plate is way too many calories.

Make it your mission to eat what’s on your plate and then be done. You’re not growing anymore. You’re an adult. You don’t need that much food. Some tips that might help:

  • Be the last to dish up
  • Eat slowly
  • Have a conversation in between each bite
  • Focus on the people in front of you and around you

You can do it!

Guzzle Water

Water is so healthy! It makes you feel full and satisfied. After you’re done with your one plate, make it a habit to always have a glass of water in your hand.
This will also help prevent any soda or other high calorie beverages from becoming a temptation. When tempted to nibble or eat more, take a big swig.

Make a better choice for your health. That water is way healthier for you than a chip, cookie, or anything else on the table.

If your Aunt, friend, or anyone else offers you something, politely decline. Tell them that you are full. The great thing is that’s the truth. If you’re guzzling water, you’re definitely full.

Focus On Family And Friends, Not Food

Instead of focusing on food, draw your attention to the people around you. Make it a point to catch up with each person at the gathering. It may have been a long time since you’ve talked to some of your family and friends.

Be sure to have real conversations. Ask questions about their lives and what really matters to them.

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Focus your attention on listening. People feel loved and cared for when others show interest in their lives. Friendship is a two-way street. If you care about them, they’ll care about you.

NO Bites, Licks, Or Tastes

Okay, I know nibbles don’t sound like they have much in the form of calories, but they do. If you take a little bite of this, and a tiny lick of that, it adds up.
Here’s my advice, DON’T DO IT! This so quickly becomes a habit. We don’t realize how many calories there really are in all of these little nibbles put together.

Do you really want to slide backwards in your health just for a small lick of icing that will last four seconds? Think of the consequences.

The extra working out you’ll have to do, the time and money you’ll have to spend to get back to where you are now.

Is it really worth it?

Stay Away From The Dessert Table

You can do it! You can say no. It’s okay to say no. It won’t hurt your family or friends’ feelings.

You need to make the decision that is right for you and your future. Keep sipping that water and if you MUST have something, have some fruit. It will curb your craving for sweets and help you stay full.

Since it’s healthier than pie, cake, or brownies, fruit is a good healthy choice if you must.

Continue to focus on having conversations with your family and friends. Distractions are so helpful.

Plan An Activity Or Game

This is my favorite one! Most Americans have this habit of gathering to eat. What if we changed that? Why not play a game of capture the flag on Thanksgiving?

There’s so many ways to celebrate that don’t revolve around food. You can bring crafts, Games, etc. Even a scavenger hunt would be fun.

There are so many fun ways you and your family can spend time together that don’t involve sitting at the table and stuffing your faces. Get creative!

Eat Before You Go

If you absolutely can’t resist temptation, eat before you go. Eat something healthy and feeling that will keep you full for several hours.

During the party or gathering, stay as far away from the food as possible. I must caution, this is a last resort.

Your family and friends may look down on you for not joining in on the eating. However, from past experience I do know that it is worth it to resist the temptation and do anything it takes to stay on track for health.

You can do it! You are strong and have the willpower to resist. I wish you good luck navigating this holiday season.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Miranda Hurtado

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