There was a point in my life, not so long ago when I was just starting my health journey. I was counting every calorie and I would often feel guilty when I went over. The holidays were hard when there was an abundance of food and you had very little self control. I defiantly didn’t have a healthy relationship with food at that time.
This year I rarely count my calories, and I am much more aware of certain foods I need to avoid. I also know I can have those sweets and all the hearty meals without feeling guilty. I’ve learned a few things over the years in regards to staying healthy and happy over the holidays. So here are my 5 secrets to staying on track and feeling good from the inside out.
Drink to your health
Follow the old rule if you drink alcohol, one glass of water per beverage. Did you know that a glass of eggnog is about 500 calories? and beer, wine and mixed drinks can be anywhere from 150 – 300. I’m much happier sipping on Seltzer or water with lemon, and is my future self (no hangovers).
Have you tried this healthy smoothie recipe yet.
Don’t put a label on foods
Cauliflower isn’t the cure all for weight loss, and a plate of mashed potatoes isn’t going to ruin you. You don’t need to beat yourself up when it comes practicing a healthy relationship with food. Because no portion or food type will make you go off track, but eating like that consistently just might!
Know your body’s relationship with food
There may be certain dietary exemptions you should be keeping an eye on. If your like me and you feel gross after having dairy, than you should probably avoid dairy. But we are lucky to live in a very Almond friendly age where we have options. TIP: I totally carry some sweeteners with me so I can avoid sugar. You can also do this with many other kinds of foods, just take a look around the grocery store.
Bring a healthy dish
If you’re invited to a holiday party or a family dinner, bring a healthy dish with you. My family is at the point where they understand my eating habits and have encouraged my healthy relationship with food. They make my favourite salads, barbecued chicken or roasted vegetables. But if we go somewhere else I like to be prepared. Which sometimes means a simple “clean” dish and other times its a bottle of wine. Never be afraid to ask whats being served, planning is the key to success.
Don’t worry so much
Its the holidays and maybe this year you can get your family in on your healthy lifestyle changes. Encourage them to take a walks to see lights around your neighbourhood. You can even take the kids out skating or sleigh riding. Finding something fun to do will also make some wonderful memories and you will be staying healthy.
The only thing you can really do is stay on your routine as much as possible. Try to get in some form of exercise but also don’t stress about what your going to be eating. Trust me, I’ve been that girl who was constantly weighing my meals. I was on my phone inputing everything I ate and looking back I hated how I felt. Remember the goal is to be consistently happy and healthy in whatever form that is.
Also, please note if you or someone you know has an eating disorder there is help and you can find a contact here on this list.