FIVE Tips to Navigate through Holiday Eating & Drinking

The holidays are my favorite time of year but can also be a time of high stress for many people. You are constantly busy with holiday shopping, decorating, and hosting/attending party after party. This time of year is well known for throwing your health priorities to the curb, but I am here to help! Here are 5 easy ways to help you refocus and still enjoy the holiday season!

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  1. Do NOT starve yourself
    • It is so common that when you know you have an event or party to attend that night and you will eat “bad” and have a few cocktails, you starve yourself in preparation – you use that “save the calories” mentality ( I used to be one of them). However, this is the WORST thing you can do to your body – it will actually have a reverse effect and cause you to feel less than average the following day. The best way to approach these parties is by having very nutrient high meals throughout the day – big vegetable/protein salads, greek yogurts, smoothies and nuts. I even suggest eating right before you go to the party! Have a small snack or even a salad – this will prevent you from grabbing some of the small appetizers you wouldn’t normally have just because you are hungry.
  2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
    • The best way to feel good going into a party as well as the next day is by being very hydrated. Drink lots of water the day of – and a glass or two while you are at the party, or at least on your way home (throw a water bottle in your car for after)! This will allow your body to have more energy, be able to digest easier, and keep you mentally on your game.
  3. Mindful Eating
    • Eat without distractions – try to find a nice place to sit down at the party while you are eating so you can really enjoy every bite – there’s no need to stand up and pop things down your throat – what’s the satisfaction there?
    • Eat slow and stop when you are full – you might feel overwhelmed with the wide variety of foods at a party and over indulge but try to take small portions from the buffet line, eat, and then really reassess before going back up. You would be surprised how quickly you might feel full and can pass on having seconds.
  4. Seek Healthier Options – but DON’T deprive yourself
    • Of course as a health coach and healthy eater myself you might expect me to tell you to head right towards the veggie platter – of course that would be ideal but you have to enjoy yourself and let yourself indulge in some holiday foods you don’t normally get day to day. My advice would be to think about the food a little before you grab it – is this a food you really still enjoy? Or is it the thought of it? – you might find that some of those childhood foods don’t really satisfy your taste buds anymore and might gravitate towards something new.

Okay last but definitely not least,

  1. NO GUILT – this is definitely the hardest but is the most important. You might immediately feel guilty or discouraged after (or even before) you eat something that you might deem as “unhealthy” or “bad” but try to let it go. Think about the taste, feeling you got from eating it, experience or connection with those around you and then reset the next day. Plan a healthy breakfast or go for a short walk. One night is not going to change you!!

I hope these five tips help you get through the holiday season a little easier – if you are interested in learning more and getting detailed coaching tips and ideas to help you make healthier choices, set up a free consultation with me. I am excited to help you navigate through the festivities with confidence and ease!

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The Best Supplement: Vitamin L


Ever heard of Vitamin L? Probably not, but you should be getting a daily dose of it.

Vitamin L stands for Vitamin “Love.” Sound corny? It really isn’t. Love doesn’t refer just to relationships with your significant others and spouses it represents so much more than that. There are lots of types of love and ways to feel love. Serious health studies show that a lack in Vitamin L leads to deficiencies in your overall health and well-being. A lack of love is what can and most of the time lead you to make those unhealthy choices.

Here are a few ways to get your daily does of vitamin L:

  • Self-love (Most Important) = loving yourself unconditionally! Rid yourself from any negative comments about your physical or emotional state. Embrace the positives and focus your energy around the good in your life.
  • Love for Family & Friends = reach out to your family and friends and let them know how much you mean to them…more often! Set up some quality time with a family or friend you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Love in a Relationship = slow down and spend a night with your significant other that has no distractions. Go out to eat without your cell phones or stay in and turn of the TV. Plan a date that is fun for both of you and allows you to unwind from your stressful week.
  • Feeling of Love = you get a feeling of love when you do things you love. Make your favorite food, go take your favorite yoga class to unwind, take a long walk in the sunshine, or simply take a nap. All these things tie back to self-love and self-care which make you feel more energized and happy.

Vitamin L is the easiest (and cheapest) supplement you can take each day. Make a point to do something you love every day; maybe even write it down or take a picture. Sometimes you are so busy you really forget to do something so little but SO valuable.