Tips For This Holiday Season

 In Asheville, Durango, Farmington, Greenville, Weight Loss

The holidays are about family, friendship, love and thankfulness.  This holiday season, we encourage you to enjoy the holidays, while practicing more mindfulness. Enjoy your turkey, veggie side dishes, maybe try our PHD Stuffing recipe, or some keto pumpkin pudding.  But this year, think of your holidays as a time to be thankful and a time to spend with friends and family, rather than a time to gorge on food and alcohol.  Love is found in the people you are with, not the food.  This holiday, for each piece of pie you would usually eat, give your mom a hug or tell someone that you love them.

While the holiday season is a time of celebration, it can also be a very stressful time for those trying to improve their health or nutrition. Try the following tips to stay on track this holiday season:

  • When attending a social gathering, offer to bring a dish. This will ensure there is at least one dish that you can enjoy.
  • Don’t head out on an empty stomach. It is much easier to pass on those Christmas cookies when you’re not hungry.
  • Don’t skip meals. Forgoing food earlier in the day makes it much more likely that you will overdo it on portion sizes and sugary foods later in the day.
  • Bring a snack. Keep an approved snack on hand, so that you have a good option at all times.
  • Watch your portions. Portion distortion is even greater during the holidays. Use a smaller plate to keep your serving sizes reasonable.
  • Eat slowly and mindfully. When you eat slowly, it gives your hormones a chance to catch up, and signal your brain that you are full.
  • Focus on friends and family instead of food. Take advantage of the time to catch up with loved ones.
  • Kick up the physical activity. Staying active can help keep your goals on track. Just make sure this doesn’t turn into an excuse to eat more food.
  • Take time to kick back and relax. Stress increases the release of cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, and increase cravings for sugary foods. Do not let the holiday stress get to you. Take time to stop and enjoy the holiday season.
  • Be mindful of your thoughts. It is really easy to bargain with yourself during the holiday season. Pay attention whenever you catch yourself thinking “I’m going to indulge just for tonight,” or “I will start my health plan again after the holidays.” Stop yourself, and take the time to consider your goals. Ask yourself if it is really worth losing the progress you have made.
  • Lean on us for support! Call 1-800-674-8991.

In love and gratitude,

~Ashley

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