Surviving The Holidays



Highlights:

  • – What to do about all the holiday foods [05:22]
  • – Focus on QUALITY over QUANTITY [06:52]
  • – If you eat more, move more [07:59]
  • – Connect the NOW to consequences LATER [11:06]
  • – How to handle holiday pressure [13:47]
  • – Why you need to take breaks for yourself [14:35]
  • – Plan buffers around your obligations [18:30]
  • – Limit your obligations [19:59]
  • – How to deal with alcohol this season [22:40]


Video Summary:

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are a rough time for many of us on a journey to better our lives and our health. We’re often surrounded by foods we know we shouldn’t eat, stressful situations, and challenging people who drain us down to our last drop. For the majority of people, the holidays become an “excuse” to give up on their health for a while, but they don’t have to be! I’ve come up with some great ways to survive the holidays without completely turning your health around. The video covers some great topics…

  • – How to handle all the extra food,
  • – How to deal with all the extra pressure, and
  • – How to manage alcohol.

If you want to learn how to survive the holidays, check out the video above! 


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Surviving The Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy, happiness, and love, but the reality is that the holidays can be some of the most stressful times of the year. In these last couple of months, we seem to make the worst decisions regarding our mental and physical health. Instead of staying on track with our health goals, we just… stop doing the things that take care of us and instead start doing things that really hurt us. 

If you’re like that, and sometimes you feel like you just can’t wait for the holidays to be over so you can get back to your life, I have good news for you: you can make the holidays more survivable than ever, without sacrificing your health goals OR the things you love most about the holiday season. 

So let’s jump right in to how to do that: 


Surviving The Holidays:
Dealing with the FOOD

One of the biggest sticking points for the holidays and our health is the food. Let’s face it. The holidays are filled with foods we know we shouldn’t really be eating a lot of, and what do we do? We eat a LOT OF IT. Cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats are everywhere. It’s hard to get away from it. 

So how can you get through the holidays without necessarily giving up on some of your favorite foods, but also without feeling like total garbage because you binged on pumpkin pie?

1. Enjoy the TASTE without the QUANTITY

One of the best things I learned to do was to allow myself to enjoy my favorite foods without having to binge them. After years of feeling sick and awful after over indulging in my favorite foods, I had to stop myself and say, “Okay, what do I ACTUALLY enjoy about eating this?” It certainly wasn’t the way it made me feel later. 

I enjoyed the TASTE - and when I realized that I could give myself the chance to sample my favorite foods, to really enjoy the flavors, without eating the whole damn thing, it made my life a lot easier.

I didn’t have to say no to pumpkin pie. I just got to enjoy a bite or two, and then move on with my evening. 

2. If you’re going to eat more, move more

Another big issue with holiday foods is that we tend not just to overeat, but to become sedentary. How many Thanksgiving memories do you have that involve binging during dinner and then crashing early in a food coma? Probably a lot. 

Movement actually helps with digestion. The more you move, the better you’re going to feel.

So by laying down and vegging out after a big meal, you’re not just ensuring that your stomach ache is going to last, but you’re maybe making it last longer by not helping your body out. 

You don’t need to go run a marathon, but maybe, after dinner, you ask a relative you’d like to connect to to go on a walk with you. That way you get some movement in AND you get to spend some time doing something that really matters – connecting with the people you love. 

3. Connect the NOW to how you’re going to feel later.

I already touched on it above, but it’s an important thing to remember when it comes to overindulging during the holidays. When you binge eat, how does it make you feel later? 

Probably not great. 

Binge eating during the holidays can make us feel sick and miserable, so why do so many of us still do it? It’s because we don’t stop to connect having that second piece of pumpkin pie with how awful we’re going to feel later. 

During the holidays, we tend to stop thinking about what we put into our mouths entirely, which can make it easy for us to go overboard.

So keep that in mind, and remind yourself that what you really want to do is enjoy your friends and family, not crash on the couch early because you ate half the turkey.  


Surviving The Holidays:
Dealing with the PRESSURE

Another major issue with the holidays is the added pressure. This is a time of the year where social and financial pressures can be at an all-time high. You have tons of people to see, parties to attend, and it can stretch you pretty thin. Here are some of the best ways I’ve come up with to deal with the added pressure of the holidays: 

1. Give yourself micro breaks.

One of the major reasons tensions are so high during the holidays is because it can feel like you can’t catch a break. You’re always ON, going from one activity to the next, and sooner or later, you’re going to start feeling overwhelmed. 

The best way to deal with this is to give yourself micro breaks whenever you can throughout the day.

Just take five minutes – go chill in the bathroom or outside in the fresh air, and get away from everything for a bit. Do some box breathing. Meditate. Do whatever you need to do to give yourself the space to deal with everything that’s going on. 

Then you can come back to the party refreshed and ready for more.

2. Give yourself time between obligations.

Another great way to manage pressure is to give yourself time between your obligations. If you have things going on all weekend, or multiple parties in one day, give yourself space between them to chill with just yourself or your immediate family for a bit. 

You don’t owe anyone your time, and taking care of yourself is more important than showing up early or staying late to any holiday party.


3. Limit your obligations

Along those same lines, you should also be limiting your obligations. Be very clear and concise with how much time you can spend at any given obligation, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to parties you really don’t want to go to. 

The number of people who go to events that they do NOT want to attend during the holidays is STAGGERING.

Take care of yourself. Let people know that your time is limited and don’t be afraid to stand by those limits. If you decide you’re really enjoying yourself and you’d like to stay later, you can always gift that extra time to the host and hang out a little bit longer! 


Surviving The Holidays
Dealing with the ALCOHOL

Alcohol is a big one during the holidays. Alcohol is everywhere. If you enjoy a drink on occasion, the holidays can really test you with what “on occasion” really means. Suddenly you may go from having one drink every couple of weeks to drinking every single day. 

Here are the best ways to deal with alcohol this holiday season: 

1. Go for the cleanest forms of alcohol.

If you’re like me and you enjoy alcohol on occasion, one of the best things you can do is to go for the cleanest alcohols available. That’s usually the clear, hard liquors like vodka and gin, especially if they’ve been filtered multiple times. 

That may come as a surprise, but dark liquors, as well as beer and wine, are full of a bunch of other contaminants, where the clear, filtered spirits are more pure.

That way, your body is only having to deal with one kind of toxin, instead of trying to filter out a bunch.


2. Take supplements to help break down toxins.

There are also a bunch of great supplements you can take to help your body better deal with alcohol. 

Two of my favorites are chlorella and activated charcoal. You can check out my recommendations above! 

These two supplements work by binding to the toxins in your system and moving them out quickly, instead of letting them sit there and do more damage over time.

If you’re going to drink, I highly recommend taking at least one of these two supplements before you start, and while you are, actively drinking! 

3. Connect the NOW to how you’re going to feel later.

We’re coming back to this. This is one of the things to keep in mind with dealing with food over the holidays, but it also applies to alcohol. 

We all know how alcohol is going to make us feel later, but for some reason, that’s not always enough to stop us from overdoing it.

But I really challenge you to keep that at the top of your mind when you’re drinking this holiday season. If you’re looking forward to seeing and connecting with your family this year, imagine how much easier that will be if you’re feeling at the top of your game, not sleeping in with a hangover. 

I hope these tips helped you! If you have any other awesome ways you survive the holidays with your health intact, let me know in the comments below! 

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