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.