Navigating the holidays without sabotaging your health

holiday meals

Let the holiday parties begin!  I love them, they are rich (in love and food!), indulgent and cheerful. This year I want to help you navigate the holidays parties without sabotaging your health – I want you to help you choose the healthiest food options without deprivation. I want you to feel rich, indulgent yet balanced, and cheerful all the way to the new year.

Take on these tips to achieve harmony this season...

Don’t wait to eat until you hit the party…

Skipping meals to save calories for the party is not healthy for your mental or your physical health. Having low blood sugar levels and feeling over-stimulated will actually make you OVER- eat. Then, add alcohol to the picture and you will either eat more of the unhealthy dishes or not eat at all…either way this is not positive for your metabolism, digestion, or detoxification.

Instead, eat before you arrive. Have protein-rich smoothies, soup, or a salad with raw nuts, fish, or avocado.

Think ahead. Usually, parties have appetizers along with a meal. Negotiate with yourself… if there is a cheese platter at the appetizer table, it may be smart move to not add extra cheese to the baked potato or to go for  the mac and cheese, twice. Likewise, if you know there will be lots of homemade pumpkin pie, it may be smart move to lay off that extra glass of wine, or two.

Instead, choose to eat the raw veggies and fruits that do tend to be at the appetizer table. This way you enrich yourself with fresh antioxidants.

Pro-tip: Bring a plate of medjool dates sprinkled with vanilla sea salt to satisfy your sweet tooth.

No need to sample it all.  Listening to your gut and you’ll know that going for the heavy dishes might not make you feel very good in the end. Stick to plant based items and one meat option.

Portion control. Just because a dish is deemed as a healthier option… grain salads, mashed potatoes (it’s a vegetable, right?), gluten-free desserts, nuts (roasted nuts tend to be roasted in GMO oils or are candied) … they are still caloric and laden with extra sugars. You want to feel satisfied, not so full you feel sick.  

Take a 20-minute break after your first plate, drink a glass of water and then check to see if you’re still hungry.

When it comes to booze… booze contains lots of sugar, preservatives, chemicals and sometimes high fructose corn syrup. This is hard on the liver, as the liver is the main fat-burning and detoxifying organ. Too  much alcohol affects your sleep, weight, brain health, and energy levels. If you love to socialize with a drink in hand, stay classy and choose wisely…. natural wine or vodka, gin or tequila with sparkling water, fresh torn mint and a lime wedge. If you don’t drink, sparkling water with herbs and fruit is beautiful and refreshing.

Take digestive enzymes… a full spectrum like Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes with HCL to help break down fats, protein, and complex carbs to reduce gas and bloat, and smoother bowels. Take 2 pills at the start of your meal.

Socialize more and snack less may increase connection and laughter with others. Building relationships during this time is emotionally satisfying. The holidays can be a hard time for some often triggering anxiety and depression that gravitates people towards food. Fill yourself with love and joy and you will fill your energetic being.