12 Holiday Tips

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From Dr Mark Hyman – Good advice!

With all the parties and family gatherings, it’s inevitable that temptations will arise this time of year. Your best bet to overcome them is to prepare yourself for these bumps in the road. Here are 10 tips to help you avoid the holiday pitfalls:

1. Begin your day as any other day on the plan; do not skip meals to save calories or carbohydrates.

2. Eat a protein-packed snack an hour before your holiday meal.

3. Don’t think of the holidays as an excuse to gorge on unhealthy food. Plan in advance to make sure there are options available that you can enjoy.

4. Scan the spread before putting anything on your plate. Choose wisely!

5. Set an intention for how you would like to feel after the meal and hold yourself accountable by sharing with a close friend or family member. Or write it in your journal.

6. Start the meal with a soup, fresh vegetables, or a salad, and avoid any refined flour pastries or sweet appetizers to prevent the cycle of craving.

7. Drink two glasses of water with lemon before the meal.

8. Plan an activity to look forward to after the meal—a group walk, visiting with other friends or family, a group game, or playing with younger family members. Or try offering to clean up and help your host!

9. Eat Mindfully:

• Take five deep breaths before your meal.
• Sit next to someone you genuinely find interesting and engage in pleasant conversation.
• Appreciate the colors and smells of your food.
• Chew thoroughly and slowly.
• Put your fork down between bites.
• Breathe in through your nose while you eat.
• Express gratitude with others before the meal. Later that evening, write about your gratitude in your journal.
• Halfway through the meal, put fork down and pause. Take three deep breaths and assess your hunger on a scale of 1-10. Ask yourself how much more you need to eat in order to walk away feeling energized and comfortable. Hint: Usually, this is around “6” or “7.”
• Close your meal by saying something out loud about how delicious it was and how satisfied you are. Hearing yourself say this can help signal to you and others that you are finished.
• Have a trusted friend or family help hold you accountable to your goals. Begin and end the day by spending some time alone with your thoughts. Journaling is a great activity to help ground your intentions for the day. Use your journal to set goals, express your thoughts and feelings about how the day went, and track what you ate, how much you exercised and how your body felt.

10. Most importantly, take time to enjoy healthy, wholesome meals with your friends and family and remember that you can heal your body and mind with each forkful of delicious food you enjoy.

*I’m adding two:

11. Don’t beat yourself up and feel you’ve failed and take on a “why bother continuing to try, I’ve failed” attitude.  Life is a journey with many detours.  Let go of perfection and do your best.

12. It’s not what you do between Thanksgiving and New Years rather what you do between New Years and Thanksgiving that create the real impact. TCOY = Take Care of You

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Change is hard and this is why I’m so passionate about COACHING my TCOY (take care of you) Philosophy and Lifestyle.  Challenges and temptation will happen, I train and equip you with the tools to work through those times.  The fact is, your strongholds and way of thinking can either be a positive or negative…let’s do wellness together!!!  Coach Lucy

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