Nutrition + Health Coaching: Holiday Edition

December 22nd, 2021

Written by: MIchelle Hilliard

Tis’ the Season for overindulging in tastie treats, holiday cocktails, and social get-togethers with excess amounts of inflammatory food.  How do we sustain our healthy lifestyles and find balance during these times?  I came up with a few bits of advice to help you stay on track this holiday season.

  1. First and foremost, don’t bite off more than you can handle.  Don’t overbook yourself with holiday parties and get togethers.  It is ok to say no, know your boundaries. Your mental health is more important than anything else.
  2. Stick to your normal routine as best you can to continue with consistency. This is always key to keeping our stress levels down during an already stressful season.
  3. Start your day on a positive note.  This could be a walk, some yoga, prayer, mediation, or a well balanced breakfast with someone you love.  You choose what that means for you, and this will help you to be more calm throughout the day and make better choices. 
  4. Bring a healthy dish or appetizer to share at your holiday neighborhood party, work party, or family gathering.  This will give you something to feel good snacking on or eating at a meal.
  5. Have an accountability partner or coach to help you from derailing from your normal routine.  We do life better with others, keep those who are supportive of your lifestyle and overall wellness close during this time.  It could be as simple as a walking partner who holds you accountable to the daily task or the friend who reminds you to drink water in between the cocktails, we all need those helpful reminders. 
  6. Focus on more than the food at the holiday celebrations.  Holidays are about family and friends.  They are about the love that we share and the memories we make, not the food that we eat. Be in the moment and take in the time with people you love. Make those forever memories. 
  7. Avoid blood sugar crashes. Make sure you are eating well balanced meals outside of the holiday parties, always keep healthy snacks on hand, and sometimes it’s a good idea to eat one of those healthy snacks prior to walking into a holiday party. This will help you from over indulging when you get to the party and stopping your blood sugar from going on a wild ride. Choose wisely at the party to make a well balanced plate, including high quality protein and healthy fats to reduce extra carb cravings. And the veggies are key to help you stay full and balanced. 
  8. If you are going out to a holiday party at a restaurant, peek at the menu before you go.  This will help you to make a better food choice at ordering time.  
  9. If you are going to be drinking some holiday cocktails do your best to limit fructose (extra sugar).  Your liver is already overload metabolizing the alcohol, so try to avoid the excess sugary mixtures, to help take some load off of your liver. Keep it pure alcohol that is clear like tequila or vodka with soda.  You can squeeze some citrus in it to add a bit more flavor.  Dark alcohols have conjogurs in them which can contribute to broken capillaries and hangovers.  Have fun, but choose wisely.  
  10.  If you overindulge and have too much holiday fun.  It is not the end of the world, no one is perfect, we all over indulge from time to time.  Give yourself grace and get back to your routine the next day.
  11. Lastly, stay hydrated, get good rest, remember to sweat the bad stuff out, if you do “over indurage” at a party. 

Most importantly this holiday season remember to enjoy yourself.  Holidays are about fun and being in the moment. Don’t feel bad about letting your hair down and having fun.  We all need to from time to time.  Let go of the negative emotions that come with this and live in the moment.  Tomorrow is always a new day to regroup and move forward positively. 

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.  The new year is a great time to regroup and get new goals together.  If you want to start 2022 off on the right food, give us a call and get set up for some health coaching, we would love to help you make 2022 your best year yet!!

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Her holistic approach to nutrition will help you to find the nourishment that feeds your body and your soul to help you maximize each day. Her goal as a health coach is to mentor and empower you to take control of your health by implementing proper nutrition, behavior changes, and better lifestyle choices that will contribute to the achievements of your personal wellness goals. Shelly believes in a bio-individual perspective, there is no one size fits all approach to help people reach their goals. She also believes in finding the balance in our lifestyle choices that nourish our bodies off the plate (career, relationships, physical activity, spirituality, finances, etc) and what nourishes us on our plate through our diet. Her goal is to help you find the balance between these two areas. Shelly’s love and passion for people and wellness help her to continue growing her knowledge base to help bless the people around her with the tools to assist them in living their best life on and off the plate. Shelly has been in the health care arena for 13 years.