I want you to fit into your jeans come January. I know how it feels when all your clothes feel a wee bit tight after a few big dinners and more drinks then you can remember consuming. Ugh, I used to hate that feeling. But guess what? There are proven strategies that will prevent you from overindulging and still feel absolutely festive and joyous through the holidays.
1. This might sound silly, but wear something form-fitting to show off your beautiful curves, no matter your size! You will actually stay on track with your eating when you wear something fitted, as opposed to big baggy clothes or elastic band pants (so NOT sexy!). Why? The obvious, you will eat a little less because you can't hide it.
2. Drink water, lots of it. A recent study proved that drinking two glasses of water prior to each meal resulted in a 5lb weight loss. Do not drink water with food because it's dilutes your digestive juices and can lead to bloating and gas. You want that fire in your gut to be STRONG when you eat. Don't put it out by drinking while eating. As I mentioned on Wylde on Health, if you are drinking alcohol, make sure you are drinking water between every glass of vino to stay hydrated and prevent you from overindulging.
3. Bring something healthy to a party. All too often people tell me they have no choice when going to a holiday party because everything is fatty, rich and tastes too good not to go back for seconds. I have 2 strategies for you here: A. Bring something healthy with you ie. veggies and dip, quinoa salad, healthy dessert or B. Just eat a little less than you would normally and of course chew slowly so you don't feel the need to go back for seconds.
4. Avoid foods you are allergic or sensitive too. Eating foods you know make you bloated, gassy, constipated, congested or feel awful the next day increase inflammation and this is a ticket to weight gain. Avoid common allergens including: dairy, soy, corn, gluten as much as possible throughout the holidays, particularly if you have these allergies or sensitivities. But do not, I repeat, do not go on a diet or detox over the holidays - it's not the time to start a new regime. If in the New Year, you want to start a new joyous way of being, then check out my services and hire an expert to help you on your health journey. :)
5. If you do overindulge, don't waste a second feeling guilty about it. Negative emotions that you will create when you beat yourself up over eating more than you probably should have won't do you a shred of good. In fact, the cortisol your adrenals secrete from the stress you are putting your body under due to negative thoughts, promotes weight gain. Accept it and move on. Sometimes we are our absolute worst critic. No one is ever gonna love you as much as you and YOU are the best person for this job. So on that note, just get yourself back on track the next day by drinking lemon and water and thinking positive thoughts!
Always remember this: The joy you might get from an evening indulgence is FAR LESS than the joy you feel when you stay on track and feel absolutely fabulous every day in January!
Wishing you joy and health this holiday season,