Have you ever felt so full of food that you couldn’t bear the thought of another meal? It’s common for many of us during the holidays- between all the Christmas parties, roasted dinners, plenty of desserts and drinks we can all feel abit lost and helpless- where do you go from here? How can you create a sense of balance between the meals you eat and the way your holiday is going?
The holidays is all about relaxation, enjoyment, family and friends- so don’t let the food get in the way of that. Be sure to enjoy the delicious food in front of you without getting any guilt- might be easier said than done, right?
Luckily I got a few tricks up my sleeve.
My number 1 trick is to always stay hydrated. I believe that water is a tool that helps the body release toxins and kind of washing them out. Water won’t help you remove a heavy meal, but it will for sure help your gut digest it as well as hydrating your body. If you manage to drink a glass of water before a meal it will also create a sense of fullness, which might help you eat less.
Be sure to always have a glass of water with you during the holidays- you won’t regret it.
You might have heard it before, but it surely won’t get old. Activity and excersize is the best way to digest and burn off those holidays extras. Do something you love- and do it with someone you love being with. Not only will it be more fun, but it will increase the motivation and chance of success. For me, yoga is my go to activity and something I love doing- I don’t even look at it as exercise, but as a practice to learn and grow with my body.
If you already have an active lifestyle- great, don’t stop now- use the holidays as a way to devote even more to it! If you don’t have a certain activity in your lifestyle yet, don’t worry- use this extra time to explore, grow and try and find something that interest and motivates you. Yoga, pilates, dance, strenght, crossfit? The list is endless!
When we get down to it- it’s all about the food, right? I’ve never been a fan of ruling out certain foods because they’re not healthy or not in line of a certain kind of diet. I am all for knowledge around amount, nutrition and moderation. I love moderation- it has literally changed my life. I can now enjoy everything- in moderation- without any guild at all. The feeling is liberating!
What I mean with choosing the right kind of foods is to know what kind of foods on the table that is good for you and which you should choose more- and less of. For instance- our table will be filled with high fat pork, brussel sprouts, red- and white cabbage, potatoes, mashed swedes. Out of these foods I would fill my plate up with mostly vegetables some potato and some meat. Vegetables tastes amazing and they will fill you right up- taking care of your gut health as well as your general health and wellbeing. Take a second to imagine your Christmas table- what can you chose more- and less of?
Remember- I don’t want you to sacrifice the foods you love, but try to choose less of the ‘worsts’ ones.
In general during this season we have a lot of sweets lying around in the house- cookies, chocolates, dried fruits and seasonal fruits like clemetines, oranges etc. I love to store up on clementines, dried fruits and nuts that are in season. I try to remember that even though chcolates and cookies are delicious, the clemetines, nuts and dried fruit are just as good- even better as they give us a good amount of fibre and vitamins. Find joy in the small things and it will make you happy and sattisfied.
Family, friends & relaxation
For my last trick this year I want you to relax and soak in the moments that happen upon you. Enjoy this time with your friends and family no matter how big or small they might be. It’s a time of sharing, giving and looking back of the year that was- and the year to come.
I hope you’ll have a very merry Christmas!