As the holiday parties start piling up on your calendar, you’re probably getting nervous about how to navigate all of the social obligations without indulging in all of the pigs in a blanket, fried cheese balls, or mounds of dessert and cocktails.
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 prep 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-party plan could look like:
Set an intention the day of the party. Spend a few moments during your day reflecting on and perhaps journaling your intentions, your goals, and how you want to feel. The day of, eat how you normally would – don’t “save” calories by not eating only to indulge later.
Make sure to have a filling snack before heading to the party. Arriving hungry is usually a sure sign that you will head straight for the food.
Bring your own healthy dish so you know there will be a healthy option for you at the party. This also gives you an opportunity to share delicious,healthy food with friends.
Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout your day and during the party. Dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue and unwanted sugar and carb cravings.
Be Kind to Yourself
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 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, and staying away from the usual inflammatory foods, prioritizing rest and movement will surely help you feel better.
Jackie is a New York City based health coach. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has extensive training in Functional Nutrition through The School of Applied Functional Medicine. She holds additional certifications in Yoga and Herbal Medicine.
Jackie’s passion for a holistic approach to health came out of her own experience.
As she navigated jobs that didn’t light her up, she used her non-working hours to explore farmer’s markets, cook more meals from scratch, and really understand how food affected her body. The result? Her weight stabilized. Her thinking became clearer. And her energy was smooth and steady. She was ready to share what she learned with others, and to empower them to be the leaders and nurturers of their own health and wellness.
She’s had the honor of guiding many people out of the haze of sugar addiction, chronic pain, digestive distress, excess weight, fatigue and more into real freedom, peace, and the kind of health that has them feeling like they’ve got a new lease on life.
When not working with clients, you can find her honing her culinary skills, reading non-fiction, and getting into nature as much as possible. You can learn more about her at wellnesswithjackie.com.
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