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The Holiday season is approaching faster than I can get these words on the page, and if you are anything like me, the holidays can mean added stress and added calories. We work hard all year and the short holiday season can sabotage much of our healthy efforts. Well, not this year my friend. I am here to offer some practical tips to lighten up that holiday load, while still enjoying all the festivities.
1. Drink Up
And I don’t mean booze. Carry an aluminum water bottle around at all times. Often times during winter months we tend to slack off, but the weather is very dry and hydration is just as important now as in the summer. Aim for about 3 liters each day to keep well hydrated (bonus- it’ll keep your skin looking young). Drink a full glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. You’ll stay hydrated, feel better, and end up drinking less alcohol.
2. Eat Normally
Even when you have a big holiday dinner that day. You can eat a bit lighter than normal, but it’s important to keep your metabolism going, so no skipping breakfast (or lunch!) End result; you won’t be so ravenous come dinner time that you end up eating everything in sight
So often we race through the Holidays frazzled and really disconnected. The holidays are meant to be a time of connection to family, friends, spirituality, and even some relaxation. Slow down, look around, and enjoy the scenery. Take a long deep breath and remember what’s really important. This also works with eating. Breathe, be mindful, and eat only the treats you REALLY want.
Want a great 5 minute (yes, it really only takes 5 minutes) dessert that will win the crowd and keep your waist line in check? Well check out my tasty Raw Brownie Cocoroons. These will help keep your waistline in check all while pleasing your guests.
Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.