Every year an estimated 45-million Americans attempt dieting to lose body fat. Of these, over 90% of individuals end up in a miserable yoyo dieting cycle that ultimately does not lead to accomplishing their health goals. Many simply lack the quality information, support and guidance needed to make lasting life changes.
Beginning this Wednesday, I am thrilled to be leading a weekly gathering where we will support, motivate and encourage one another in achieving the health and vitality we all deserve. We will discuss the pillars of health and the practical application of solid nutritional information. The focus will be on creating value in our lives surrounding weight loss, building supportive relationships and setting smart short-term goals to call on throughout the week. We will celebrate our success, share our challenges, hold one another accountable and offer insights and healthful recipes.
My vision for this group is to build self-awareness and intuitive eating habits. Show up with an open mind and readiness to shed the patterns that are no longer serving you. Uncover your tremendous potential and embody your greatest health.
This time of year can be a wonderfully festive time of connection and celebration. It is also full of opportunities to over-indulge and get off track with our wellness goals. Below are 10 tips to survive holiday parties while keeping your health and vitality as a priority.
Do not arrive to parties on an empty stomach. Eat a cup of vegetable soup or a small salad 30-60 minutes beforehand. Especially on big holidays, make sure to eat breakfast and a balanced snack with fiber and protein earlier in the day.
Make sure you get a physical activity in. Workout before attending holiday parties, or rally everyone to go for a walk after a big meal.
Stay well hydrated. Thirst signals can be mistaken for hunger signals. Make sure you’re drinking at least half your body weight in ounces daily. Also, drink alcohol lightly, and alternate alcoholic and sugary beverages with glasses of water at get-togethers.
Bring a healthy dish to share- quinoa salad, smoked salmon, bean dip, fresh veggies, hummus and lean meats, shrimp cocktail.
Mingle with guests away from the food table. Don’t make it easy to snack mindlessly.
Use a small plate at the buffet and choose just a few of the dishes to try. Moderation is key.
Do not dress for bloat. No baggy pants at holiday parties. Wear that slimming dress that hugs your figure or a nice suit that fits perfectly.
Eat slowly. Take the time to sit and savor your food. Pace yourself and try to be the last person to finish each course. Take small bites and chew slowly and thoroughly. It takes about 20 minutes for you brain to get the message that your stomach is full.
Ask the host of the party what you can do to help. Keeping yourself occupied and social will cut down on the time you are standing around munching.
Plan your calendar to include holidays as higher calorie days. Eat lightly the rest of the week and avoid excess sugar and simple carbohydrates.
In conclusion, enjoy the holidays! Take time to be present with those around you, focus on non-food related activities and relax! Your body will thank you!