You don’t want to feel deprived. You do want to enjoy yourself. But, you don’t want to feel terrible the next day. I totally get it and I agree. To ensure you make all of your choices mindfully, here’s how to prepare yourself for all of the holiday festivities.
Before each holiday cocktail party, dinner or event decide how you want to approach the evening. Will you eat a healthy snack before so you’re not starving? Will you allow yourself to have 2 glasses of wine ? Will you fill your plate up with veggies and give yourself one little indulgent bite of something? When you go into these situations prepared, you will not only feel good, but you won’t find yourself regretting the fact that you overdid it at the dessert table.
What a pre-holiday party plan could look like:
Whatever choices you make, decide to be ok with them and move on. Don’t beat yourself up or use overdoing it as an excuse to keep overdoing it at every holiday party or event you attend.
For every evening you retox, take the following day(s) to detox. Following an afternoon or evening of overindulgence, it’s best to make the next couple of days all about helping your body get back on track. Things like drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning, staying away from the usual inflammatory foods like sugar, dairy and gluten , and prioritizing rest and movement will surely help you feel better.
Dr. Robin Berzin is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.