Tis the season! For parties and cocktails and pies and pies and pies. Don’t let the celebrating get your pants in an uncomfortable, too tight bunch this year. Follow the guidelines below and you will be able to enjoy your sweet treat while still keeping your healthy glow!
- Eat Before You Go– Load up on a healthy portion of protein, fats, and fiber before you head to that work holiday party. Try some leftover chicken thrown over some greens with avocado- quick and light. The protein and fat will help balance out the sugary cocktails and desserts. This applies to the little ones too, make sure they are well fed before they are well sweetened at Grandma’s house J
- Hydrate– It is best to increase your water intake, especially on days and evenings when the wine is flowing. Try to have a glass of water in between each drink, to keep you hydrated and at your best the next day. Avoid those puffy eyes and dried out skin!
- Bring a Healthy Dish– This is especially important if you or anyone in your crew has a food allergy or restriction, bring something you can eat! Check with the hostess first, but bringing a healthified version of a holiday classic is a great way to keep with traditions without needing to unbuckle your belt.
- 3 Bite Rule- I borrowed this one from celeb nutritionist JJ Virgin, but it is great for those of us who struggle with moderation (read: must eat whole pie). Enjoy and savor 3 bites of a sweet indulgence and then let it go. This is helpful too for the super clean eater, don’t be the only one in the room without a plate, have a polite taste while socializing!
- Go Green- Load up on leafy greens throughout this holiday season. The fiber will keep you full and aid in digestion. Add a handful of spinach to smoothies, kale to stir frys, and start your dinners with a small romaine salad. Greens make your skin GLOW and who doesn’t want that for the 6,000 family photos comin’ your way?
And of course, stay well rested and keep moving! Just 30 minutes of movement daily can dramatically balance blood sugar levels and getting 7-8 hours of sleep will keep cortisol low and your cravings (and waistline) in check.
Wishing you and your little ones a sweet and balanced holiday season!
FYI if you want to see Sweet Enough Baby in action, join us on Friday November 20th 2015, from 6-7pm for Sweet Enough Baby Making 101- FREE Preconception + Prenatal Nutrition Workshop at Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio in Rowley, MA. More tips about finding balance during another time when it is easy to overindulge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info or to register!
In sweetness + health,