I’m currently on holidays enjoying Christmas with friends and family. We’ve been eating, drinking, celebrating and catching up. It’s been wonderful. I’m also super excited because on Boxing Day I’m heading to the States for the holiday of a lifetime! First stop is New York where I’ll be celebrating New Years in Times Square. Then, we’re flying to the other side of the country to explore San Fran, Tahoe, Vegas and LA. I literally cannot wait!! I’ll be learning to snowboard in Tahoe. Got any tips for me?? And frequenting many healthy cafés in LA. I have a huge list of raw vegan cafes I want to visit but I’d love some more suggestions?
But right now, I’m staying present and enjoying the Christmas celebrations with some amazing people. I wait all year for the festive season. However, it can be very taxing on our wonderful bodies. That’s why I’m sharing my top tips for surviving the festive season. Of course we’re going to indulge, that’s what it is all about. So here are my tips to make sure you don’t overindulge.
Just because you’re indulging a little more than usual over the Christmas period, doesn’t mean that your normal healthy eating routine should go out the window. Continue to eat healthy as you normally would. I always start my day with a healthy breakfast. Then, if I’m out and about at lunch and dinner, I choose the healthiest option available to me. I don’t stress if it’s not a perfect meal.
Indulge in your favourite treats. It’s okay! Usually I indulge once a week but over the Christmas period I indulge 2 or 3 times each week. I plan my treats and I really look forward to eating them. You’re going to indulge anyway so you may as well indulge with pleasure and acceptance, rather than guilt and hate. Our bodies can handle treats and it is totally okay to enjoy delicious food. We must support a positive relationship between our bodies and food. Sit with your treat, eat it slowly, taste every bite, be mindful, give thanks and think positive thoughts such as, ‘my body can handle this delicious treat’ and ‘my body enjoys this delicious treat’.
Offer to take along healthy dessert options like raw cheesecakes, brownies, mousse, puddings, bites and bliss balls. This way, you can indulge in some healthy options. I promise everyone will love your creations. I’m at the stage where I’m craving raw cheesecakes as my weekly indulgence rather than the processed and packaged crap I used to dream about.
Offer to bring a healthy main meal dish such as quinoa and roast vegetable salad, curried eggs, fresh prawns or homemade dips and sauces. This will give you a few clean options at dinner/lunch time. Whilst you’re eating dinner/lunch eat slowly, taste your food and experience the flavours. Our brain take 20 minutes to register that our stomach is full so eat until you’re 80% full.
Fill up on a small snack of protein and good fats before you leave home. Green apple topped with almond butter, nuts, bliss balls or a dip made with cottage cheese, avocado, pepper and lime juice are perfect. Snacks that contain protein and good fats help keep you feeling full and stabilise your blood sugar levels so you won’t snack unnecessarily before the meal and dessert are served.
Keep moving. Move your body every single day. Going for a walk for half an hour is better than nothing. It’s even better if you can break a sweat to release a few toxins.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. A dehydrated body cannot absorb nutrients. If you’re not a fan of water try making your own vitamin water. My favourite combination is Minty Watermelon. Simply fill a glass with filtered water and add a few chunks of watermelon and a few mint leaves. Stir to infuse. Enjoy!
Do something nice for yourself every day. My favourite treats are a massage, dry body brush, reading, meditation, writing, walking and swimming in the ocean. Life can get a little crazy busy at Christmas so it’s important to calm your nervous system.
Have a lovely Christmas foodies. Enjoy this time with your friends and family! What are you all up to?