We all fall into the “craziness” of the Holiday season. Some people just assume they will gain an extra 5 pounds, and completely give up on their exercise routine and healthy eating patterns, only to then reset on Jan.1.
But it really doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to go to all those Holiday Parties and family get togethers without sacrificing all your good, healthy habits!
Here are some tips and strategies to help you navigate the Holiday Season:
Avoid Reward/Punishment Behavior
This behavior can be a very slippery slope. We want to find ourselves in a place that we can enjoy a holiday meal or a glass of wine without attaching feelings of guilt or entitlement!
Attempt to Manage Your Stress
Keep up your Fitness Routine
And don't forget to ENJOY yourself! Take this time to be reflective about your life, what and who you're grateful for and how you can help or be an inspiration to others!
If you have time to watch this, please do! 3 of the biggest names in Health and Nutrition have a great discussion about what we should/should not be eating. If you don't have time to watch, here is the summary:
1. Eat Real Food, as unprocessed as possible
2. Be very skeptical of Nutritional scientific studies! Especially studies about different cultures and their diets. There are so many other factors at play when studying these societies (cultural, environmental, etc.) and they don't necessarily translate to us. Nutritional diet science can be very conflicting and confusing so stick to #3
3. It's all about Bio-Individuality people! How do YOU FEEL when you eat certain foods? Does it work with your lifestyle? Are you feeling better/worse when you eat certain foods? Know your body and
I always thought it was funny that people make resolutions once a year, just at New Years. I get that it's the start of a new year, but it's really about the fact that there's a change happening. So what about all the other "start of's" and changes that happen during the year? The start of school, or the start of summer, or maybe it's the start of a new job or a new move.
I stopped making New Year's resolutions long ago. I always thought something was wrong with me for not being able to "stick with it". But really, it's about the process.
Fall is one of those big "start of" times for me (one of many times through the year that I set some new goals). This article is a great reminder about setting realistic resolutions/goals and not being afraid to do the hard work that's required to make a change. And if you falter, don't give up! Maybe you need to change course or re-set the goals. Whether your goals are based around the seasons, or family birthdays, or whatever works for you, try making them smaller, specific and more frequently!
Today I heard from a client who gave me some great news. After working together for a couple of months, she told me she just bought a pair of new jeans, 1 size smaller than her regular size. I was thrilled for her!
Now, this may not seem like a big deal to some people. We are becoming conditioned to think that weight loss and lifestyle changes should happen dramatically and all at once. We watch shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss and see that in an hour or two of television time, candidates loose a shocking amount of weight and seem to completely have new lives (new hairstyle and clothes included!) While we know this happened over time, the editing of TV makes it look as though it was a dramatic change in a short period of time.
Here’s the truth: It’s the small changes, over time, that accumulate and eventually lead to a success!
With my client, we started by changing 1 thing in her diet, her snack choices in the late afternoon. Once she made a switch to healthier options and this became a habit, we moved on to the next item, and so on. Over a period of time, she slowly incorporated these changes and they led to a result: Jeans a size smaller!
So acknowledge and celebrate your small successes, as they will eventually accumulate and lead to the big ones!
Today I was flipping around the channels and landed on the end of Dr. Wayne Dyer's PBS lecture from his series, "Wishes Fulfilled."
Dyer was talking about our subconscious brain and the unconscious, negative messages we say to ourselves. "Ive always been fat." "I'm not good enough" "I don't deserve ___" , etc. He was making the point that no matter where we are at in our journey to better health and a better life, it's important to believe and envision yourself feeling that end goal. In other words, visualize manifesting your dreams/goals. From the addict who is trying to recover to the obese person trying to loose weight. Changing the recording, or the message in our brain is just as important as actually taking action. His phrase was "does it feel natural?" Does it feel natural to you to be living in a healthy body that is nourished with healthy food and self love? Now, I realize that for some people, the messages in their brain are so strong, and the habits are so ingrained that they may not even know what feels natural to them and what doesn't. I guess another way to look at it is to ask yourself, "does this not feel natural" Do you know that you are meant to feel love, do you know that you have something to offer the world? Does it not feel natural to be living in a body you're not proud of or in a relationship that doesn't fulfill you? If the life you're living and the choices you're making do not feel natural to you, then think about how to change. If you have choices that are within your control, think about the small steps you can take to start feeling and living your natural self!
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