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After indulging in all the holidays festive feasts and treats lets get back on track!
Stay tuned for Pavlina’s New Years Free Sugar Challenge!!!!
Here’s a message from Pavlina herself:
Want to stay on track with your health during the Holidays Season?
The holiday season is upon us, Christmas is just around the corner and we who live in this North American culture – the holiday party, social gatherings etc. culture – we are all staring down the face of food and drink abundance.
I just wanted to take a minute here and offer some prospective to all of you who are navigating this season with the ongoing commitment to lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a commitment to choose less processed food, or to lower alcohol intake, or to include x number of serving of vegetables into you daily routine, or to avoid processed sugar, drink plenty of water and etc….
We are all facing a challenge this time of year that might be feared by many…..how do we stay on track?
Let’s embrace the challenge this year and set a new pattern of behaviour that will take us 1 step closer to our goal, lets practice new behaviour together for easier future.
To figure out what is THE best approach for times like this for YOU is to first find an answer to this question :
“ Are you a Moderator or are you an Abstainer”?
For some people restricting certain foods is not always fun but for some people it is actually easier to avoid all rather than to try to moderate their intake.
Can you relate to this scenario? : “ Oh, I already had a serving of Christmas treats that I was not planning on eating so I might as well try all the goodies offered here and have fun time since I already “messed up”, and I will start again 100% tomorrow”….
That kind of approach would be considered the Abstainer – with the all or nothing attitude….It is exhausting for them to continually debate the thoughts in their head like “ Do I have it today or tomorrow?” or “How much should I have?” or “I have been in the gym, don’t I deserve it?”
Therefore the best approach for the Abstainer is to abstain from all the deviations from their original plan. Whatever boundaries you have set for yourself in the past, you will need to remind yourself (meditation works great) of your commitment each and every morning and plan for keeping your routine. (practically making sure you have your own foods at an arms length)
The moderator on the other hand, have a general sense of what is moderate for them or they set rules for themselves. Like “ I will have 1 drink when I am invited out to a party, but I won’t have any drinks at home. “ They are able to have some, feel satisfied and it is easy for them not to overindulge.
Moderators will say, that having a little bit of something makes them want it less.
If you are a moderator, small treat here and there will go a long way for you.
Here are some tips for all to navigate with ease through the holidays
- Get sufficient amount of sleep.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Having a glass of water in between drinks will slow down alcohol consumption, or between meals to keep your hunger signals at bay.
- Don’t skip on calories by skipping breakfast – lean source of protein and good quality fat with either veggies or piece of fruit will go a long way to stabilize your blood sugar level and prevent the need to overeat later in in the day.
- If you are planning to treat yourself, see what is out there that you would love to try, get a small plate out and place 1 small piece of each on the plate ahead of time. Accept this to be all that you will have for the day. This way there will be no room left for the little voice in your head to negotiate whether or not to have more…
- Make a commitment every day to go outside to get fresh air, connect with nature and at the same time to get some blood flowing through your veins through more movement.
Regardless of where on our journey we are at, let’s just look and see if we can create the warmth, the sparkle, the fabulous feeling that we are really aching for in this holiday from gratitude, from human connection, from shoving up to be fully of service to people that we are around on those days, and see if at the end of the day, when we put our head on the pillow, if we are not bursting out of every cell of our body with this eternal bliss …let’ just see…
If you feel like you would like to get a jump start and prepare ahead for the Holiday season, let me know, I am here to help . Having a well thought out wellness plan ahead of time can sure take some of the stress associate with the Holidays off.
Yours in Health,