With the Holiday season upon us we are entering one of the most wonderful times of the year (they wrote a song about it for a reason). Between the get togethers with family and friends, Christmas music, time off from work, and watching Christmas Vacation on repeat, there is certainly something to be said for these two special months of the year. However, with the all the good things to look forward to, the Holiday season inevitability brings up some feelings of anxiety around staying on track with your health goals during this extended time of celebration. If this resonates with you, don’t worry, you certainly aren’t alone. To help keep those anxious feelings at bay, I have a few tricks to help you stay on track during this Holiday season.
Don’t be afraid to Host
When planning your Holiday get togethers this season, think about doing the hosting. As the host, you are in control and can plan the majority of the meal around nutrient dense, whole food, that not only tastes great but is also nourishing to your body. You will walk away from the celebration guilt-free and your guests will find your commitment to your health goals inspiring.
Focus on the Protein
Any time you see a Holiday spread in a magazine, the bird is always the focal point of the meal. However, in reality, we tend to load our plate with the starchy carbs when we are eating these celebratory meals. Protein is the most satisfying of the macronutrients, so give the bird the attention it deserves and enjoy a healthy portion of organic, roasted turkey when making your plate. The protein will help you avoid over-indulging on the often times less healthy side dishes.