Oh, the excitement of holiday parties.
Full of cheer and ugly sweaters.
Christmas lights and music can make you smile on their own.
But sometimes we let it go a little too far.
This behavior not only negatively affects our bodies but also our minds.
It’s no wonder we feel stressed out around the holidays.
In addition to the increase of sugar and alcohol consumption, all forms of structure in our daily lives have been thrown out the window.
These habits leave us feeling frazzled and confused, until New Years Day rolls around and we realize that we need to get our acts together.
- Create a Vision: This is something I have been living by lately since I learned it at a Crafted Wellness workshop—and it really works. At some point before the event write down your intentions for how you would like it to go. Whether it is deciding whether or not to participate in drinking at all or making the intention to drink enough water to not experience the dreaded hangover the next day or engaging in conversation with people who interest you instead of hovering around the food table. Make commitments to yourself, write them down and stick to them.
- Set Yourself Up For a Win: The day of a holiday party or event eat the way you normally would. When you try to fast to save calories for later on you are only doing more harm than good. I know limiting your intake may seem like the right thing to do—I used to do it myself. But when we do this we are not only shocking our digestive system by the time we finally eat, but also setting ourselves up to make poor decisions later on, like eating foods we normally wouldn’t. Both of those things can cause you to feel uncomfortable throughout the evening instead of enjoying the party.
- B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dish): This is especially helpful when the party is hosted at a friends’ home. When you are not sure of what kind of food will be served (and whether you will be able to eat any of it) make something that not only you will enjoy but that is a “disguised” health food (a.k.a a nutritious dish so good no one can tell the difference 😉 ). Bring this Raw Ranch Dressing by The Rawtarian and some veggie sticks, this Spinach Dip or this White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge by Detoxinista. Most hosts worry about having enough food so adding an extra dish will never be a problem.
- Forgive and Forget: Did you abandon your intentions and drink a bottle of wine while eating Oreo truffles? No biggie. There’s no point in bringing yourself down. It’s one night, forgive and forget. Use it as a lesson to remember for the next party (New Years?). What worked? What didn’t? The next day, accelerate the cleansing process by drinking plenty of lemon water, eating cleansing foods such as leafy greens (Bonus Tip: consume smoothies majority of the day to give your digestive system a break allowing your body to heal) and sweat it out by moving your body.
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With Love and Holiday Wellness,
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