This Wednesday I lead a workshop in Brattleboro called Happy, Healthy Holidays: Healthy Hosting (and guest-ing!). The workshop focused on keeping holiday cuisine easy to digest, and specialty diet-friendly. I also touched upon everyone’s favorite elephant near the holiday table: emotional eating and over-indulgence.
As a pre-Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/Solstice/etc./etc. treat to you, I give you…
ANGIE’S TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING OVER-INDULGENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
- Go in with a plan!!!
- Know your triggers! – If pie is your downfall, then solemnly swear to yourself (and a witness if necessary) that you will only have so much, and that’s. it. (One small slice, or maximum of two for example.)
- Set your limits before you even see the food. Before you leave home? Three days ahead? Whatever it takes to get those limits solidly in your brain so that the chances of ditching the game plan are slim.
- Visualize how you’d like to feel after the meal: vibrant and energized? Content and light? Most likely you don’t want to feel bloated, grumpy, tired and guilt-ridden.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. The stressful (and potentially awkward or dramatic) act of large family or friend gatherings can lead us to slug back one too many Irish Coffees in an effort to simply calm the nerves. Again, set limits beforehand, and be sure to alternate each adult beverage with a glass of water. Speaking of which… Continue reading