Everyone loves the holiday season right?! It's all fun and giving and gratitude isn't it?
Or do the endless parties, shopping and holiday festivities have you feeling stressed?
Rest assured you’re not alone.
The holiday season is a time filled with family and friends but even the best of us can get thrown off our schedules.
Rather than just giving in to temptation and resigning yourself to an overly indulgent holiday, we have several tricks that can help make this season of cheer manageable without sabotaging all of your hard work!
Today we share six different strategies you can use this holiday to make it your best yet!
Focus On Small, Manageable Goals
When it comes to holiday stress, worrying about weight gain can put a major crimp on your fun. We all know the holidays are not the time to put the pressure on yourself to lose weight.
Rather, focus on maintenance.
Whether you’re trying to maintain or just navigate the holidays healthfully, breaking a larger goal ("I want to fit into my cute dress on New Year’s Eve!") into small, concrete goals ("I will eat an All-In-One Shake + Fiber Love for breakfast – three times a week for the next four weeks.") is far more effective.
This allows you to focus, feel in control and not get discouraged during an already stressful time of year.
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2. Manage Your Metabolism
Hormones, stress, and metabolism are closely tied to one another; if one is off, there’s a good chance your hormonal balance is off too. For example, a sluggish thyroid means weight gain, a bad mood, and thinning hair.
If you suspect your thyroid is dragging, try the following:
● Eliminate gluten from your diet. If you have a gluten sensitivity or even
celiac disease, gluten could be the reason you’re overweight, fatigued,
● Balance your levels of copper, selenium, zinc, and iodine. All are crucial for proper thyroid output.
● Add vitamin D to your daily regimen. The best food sources are liver and low-mercury fish such as herring, sardines, and cod. Sunshine is a great but the winter months can be uncooperative.
3. Move More
Walking,yoga, running, or parking further away while at the grocery store; it all counts! Movement is essential to life and even more important in helping to reduce stress levels.
Don’t have time to devote 45 minutes in the gym daily? That’s okay. Moving for shorter periods of time throughout the day still provides a host of benefits including, stress reduction and an activated metabolism.
Be creative and infuse a little holiday spirit in your routine. Go sledding with the kids or instead of drinks, meet a friend and go ice skating. Or if the weather is chilly, try something like Hot Yoga to get warm and boost your metabolism.
Regardless of what you choose, your goal is to move more.
4. Make A Swap
If every event seems centered on candy canes and gingerbread, try to change the focus. Switch from a cookie exchange to an ornament exchange. If your friends want to meet for hot chocolate, suggest a walk instead.
Or if you want a treat, go with a high-quality dark chocolate instead of something high in carbs but low in nutrients.
When it comes to making your own daily meals, avoid the “white stuff.” That means white sugar, sugar substitutes, flour, and gluten should be exchanged for high fiber, nutrient-packed alternatives like dates and quinoa.
These“swaps” will make you stay fuller for longer, avoiding the excessive calories that are found in many holiday favorites.
One of the best way to feel full longer is by adding Daily Fiber or Fiber Love into your daily routine. We developed this fiber to mix perfectly into shakes or smoothies so you get all the benefits without any weird flavor or grainy texture.
Grab Fiber Love HERE.
5. Navigate Holiday Parties Like a Pro
Protip...don’t go hungry. Filling up on healthy food before a party will help you only eat the things you really want - instead of gorging on everything.
If you’re short on time, you don’t have to sacrifice nutrition. Instead, use a high-quality protein shake to provide your body with both satiety, essential vitamins and minerals. Shakes are ideal as a meal replacement, or as a quick meal on the go and can help you manage overeating during the holidays.
6. Watch Your Wine & Alcohol
Spiked eggnog, hot toddies, or a yummy Cabernet can sound delicious. Many people enjoy social drinking during holiday parties, however, alcohol can wreak havoc on your body because it spikes cortisol and disrupts sleep.
By limiting yourself to 1-2 glasses, you’ll save calories and a possible hangover,while still enjoying yourself.
Make it a point to savor the experience of the holidays. Focus on the conversations instead of the food. Take pictures. Meet new people. Be in the moment. Watch a classic holiday movie. Laugh loudly & smile often.
Enjoy every minute of it and actively look for the best in yourself and others.
Here's to a happy & healthy holiday season,