Top 5 tips for staying on track during the holidays and how to make your next holiday meal healthy! Keep these tips in mind during the holiday table, and all of these can be applied year round!
It’s not just about the food. Don’t make food the center of your attention, focus, or obsession. Instead focus on what the season truly is about, spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude, and being mindful of your actions. Continue living your “normal” life and routine (i.e. you wouldn’t normal over indulge in pies, cookies, or cakes on a daily or weekly basis, why start now just because it’s the “season”).
Drink up! Water that is. With running errands, cooking, traveling, and having one too many cocktails- it’s easy for our bodies to get dehydrated. Drink water throughout the day and even better drink 1 cup of water in between each cocktail. My favorite ways to stay hydrated include: water, 1-2 tbs. chia seeds soaked in water, sparkling water, herbal tea, fresh juice and my Stripped Green Smoothie.
Relax. Most of us get to have a couple days off from work to relax… so relax! Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays and enjoy yourself. Also, there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in foods for one evening/meal- as long as your back on track first thing in the morning, it’s A-Okay!
- Don’t forget about the veggies. Oh yesss, the powers of vegetables during any time of year, but especially around the holiday season when you’re eating more dense foods (both digestibility and calorically). Veggies are a great way to create a lot more volume in a dish to make you feel like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are.They’re full of water, fiber, nutrients galore, and taste amazing when prepared in a way you love.
- Enjoy the little moments. I constantly tell myself daily reminders and mantras of being present, living in the moment, connecting with my true self, and not allowing thoughts of “what if’s”, “to-do’s”, “I need to’s” interfere with daily living. The more you concentrate on being present, the more you’re able to enjoy spending time with family and friends, enjoy the spirit of the holiday season, engage in fun activities, shop,
For more in depth tips on how to navigate the holidays healthfully, check out my Healthy Holiday Survival Guide, Healthy Holiday Bundle and my Healthy Travels Bundle (great for those of you planning to travel for the holidays).
I hope you all enjoy this Thanksgiving with great food, company, and gratitude!
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known dietitian/nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-centric whole foods lifestyle and blog. McKel shares nourishing and delicious recipes weekly while inspiring her readers to take their health to the next level. McKel coaches privately with women all over the world, hosts Nutrition Stripped Supper Clubs and workshops. Her cookbook will be published early 2016.