How To Indulge This Holiday Season Without The Guilt

Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

There is no mistake that the holidays are just around the corner. All you have to do to get a reminder is go to your nearest department store. They have been adorned in Christmas cheer since Halloween. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is just a matter of time before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season really starts taking shape.

Although this is the time of year that is often associated with frolic and play, the holiday season for some can create a tremendous amount of stress. Holiday parties, family get togethers, all the scrumptious, often not so healthy food, Christmas shopping, tree hunting, it all can be fun but with the extra demands on your time, money and emotions, it can be debilitating.

So over the next three weeks, I am going to give you some tips, pointers if you will, on how to have the best holiday season this year without suffering from the big O’s. And no we are not not talking about orgasms today! ;-) The three O’s are: over-indulging, over-stressing and over-spending.

Week One: How to Be a Savvy, Smart Indulger

Pick and Choose Your Pleasures

I am huge fan of indulging (as you know). It is a necessity to a happy life. But it is important to note how over-indulging can make you feel. My suggestion is to take small bites and sips of your favorite holiday treats only. Pick what you love, not just what is in front of you. Opt for the treat you would never make for yourself or rarely get to enjoy. Now relish in every sweet or savory bite.

Do Not Starve Yourself The Day of Your Big Party

Eat like you would if it was any regular day. That means a healthy breakfast, a nutritious lunch and a wholesome snack before the party starts. That way once you are at the party, you can have some of your favorites but won’t be tempted to eat everything in sight.

Fill Up On Healthy Foods First

I know this one isn’t always easy but start with the healthy offerings at the party. Go for the protein and vegetable dishes first. Then move on to a few of your sweet or savory indulgences. This way you will still be able to enjoy your favorite foods and not feel deprived.

That’s it…just three simple tips that can help you from over-indulging this holiday season. No dieting, no deprivation, no guilt. You will feel great and be completely satisfied.

Next week, we will talk about holiday stress and ways you can make sure the Grinch doesn’t attack you.

I would love to hear from you. Do you have any other smart tips that you have used to keep yourself from over-indulging? What are your favorite holiday treats? Leave me a comment below. And as always, if you found this helpful, please share it with your friends.

Always Indulging,

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12 comments

Lol. Not necessarily a tip I’d pass along unless you really caaaan’t stand your family, but I just don’t go to holiday get togethers, so there’s no chance of me overindulging! Lol. That isn’t the reason I don’t go, that’s just a side effect of not going, I’m not tempted because I’m not there!

You are hysterical! Well, that is one way to not over-indulge. :-)

You aren’t kidding! Lol. But I’d rather be home watching Law & Order SVU then listen to people argue about whose turn it was to pay the cable bill, or about a lack of SEX!!! in their marriages. They don’t know how to save that crap for their personal time, feels like jerry springer! Lol. Ok, not that bad, but if they only talked, didn’t cuss & didn’t fight, then it’d feel like jerry springer, so this is the tame version. That’s my stepmom’s family! Lol. My mother’s family has disowned me & Dad’s family live in another state! So the more SVU & less ‘real’ drama, the better!

Michelle, as sad as it is to say, I think we all have a little jerry springer in our family. ;-)

Great tips Kimberly! I like to challenge myself and see if I can actually shed a few pounds during the Holidays, but this cat isn’t going deprive himself from a good holiday party either. I do my best to stick to my workout plan and a good diet during the week, then let it go for the festive stuff. It coincides with your first tip of picking your spots.

Awesome Scott! We all need to adopt this philosophy which, of course, is my whole point. Everything in moderation. No dieting…no deprivation necessary! Thanks for stopping by. Can’t wait to hear your $$$ tips for this holiday season.

These are really good tips Kimberly.

Thanks Joan!

Hi Kimberly!

I love these tips! This is definitely great advice to help us indulge and really enjoy it instead of overeating. :)

I love your take on this whole topic too. So great to have someone promoting indulging – but showing how to do it smart! :)

Hey Jess! Is there any other way? We all need a little indulgence in life. I believe it’s what makes the world go round. ;-)

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