Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain

Good Morning Friends,

It’s the day after Halloween, which means, it’s time to put the candy down.  Seriously, put it down.  Throw it out. Give it away.  Take it into your office and gift it to another department.  Throw it into the trash.  For real, throw it out.

Fire up your juicer or blender!  Kick off the day after Halloween with a fresh green juice or your favorite smoothie!  It’s a new day!  Embrace your best self!

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There’s a way to avoiding holiday weight gain.  It begins now as we move through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Everyone seems to associate holidays with massive amounts of food.  Parties, dinners, after parties, office parties, gatherings.

I mentioned to my friend, Paul Risse, CEO of Cleanse America, that I feel as though holidays are their own type of disordered eating and that the majority of the population appears to be blindly unaware of this…because it’s “normal” to gorge yourself on a plethora of food during a holiday celebration…and then to pass out on the couch.

Well, that it isn’t normal.  That’s a form of disordered eating.  We associate holidays with food, and while that’s fine to a certain extent, it’s also not fine to another extent.  It doesn’t make sense to me that we celebrate and give thanks for all that we are blessed with by promoting and partaking in gluttony and sloth.

Holidays, to me, are a time to come together and be with our loved ones.  Celebrate with friends.  Give thanks for all that we have been blessed with and all that is to come.  Relax.  Enjoy the day.  Not a time to be stuck in the kitchen all day cooking and cleaning and stressed.  It’s not a time to eat so much that we feel ill and need to nap after our meal.  It’s not a time to focus on a false idea of commercial holiday perfection.  That doesn’t exist.  The perfect decorations.  The cleanest home.  The perfect tree.  Getting everything just right and spending all of our time on that while forgetting what the holiday is about.

What is the holiday about?  What is it really about?  Do we even stop and think about that anymore or are we blindly obeying what our televisions tell us the holiday is about?  Is it adding stress to your life or is it making your life better?  Is it adding stress to those around you?

We need to strike a balance with holidays and create out own traditions.  Just because we grew up experiencing a holiday one way, doesn’t mean that we can’t decide to make it our own and create a different experience for ourselves and our loved ones.

There is nothing wrong with looking forward to your Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.  The key to not putting on 10 lbs between Halloween and Christmas is to enjoy one (or two) slices of that delicious pumpkin pie and then be done with it.  Don’t let the holiday left overs sit in your fridge for weeks after a holiday.  Don’t let the treats sit on your counter.  Throw them away.  It sounds wasteful but unless you know someone you can give it to, eating that pie all week long  and noshing on those desserts all week is not going to do your waistline any favors.  Enjoy some goodies on the holiday, in moderation if you can.  If you are someone who cannot do things in moderation, then don’t partake of the pie!  You know yourself.  Don’t be your own worst enemy.  If you decide to have some, savor each bite.  Really take your time to taste what it is you are eating.  Slow down.  Put your fork down between bites.  And when the holiday is over, throw the leftover pies and desserts in the garbage.  If there is a local shelter that you can donate extra food to, do that!  Most people will eat what is in their house, so if you don’t want to continue to eat it, you need to get it out of your house.

It’s better to waste it than to waist it.

Heading to a holiday party or event?  Eat a healthy meal before you go, that way you won’t be famished and eating everything in sight at the party.  Heading to a house party?  Take a healthy dish WITH YOU!  I promise you it will be the first one to go!  Everyone loves to try something new, especially when it’s healthy.  You never know who you might end up inspiring.   Check out more tips on that here: Raw Holidays

So as we enter this years holiday season, don’t pack on the pounds.  Create your own traditions.  Remember that holidays are not just about the food!  They are about PEOPLE.  Relationships.  Being with the people that we love and appreciate. What better way to show your appreciation for your loved ones than to make them a healthy meal?  We want the people that we love to live for a long long time!

Get out there and do something active!  Go for a hike as a family.  Go for a walk together.  Sign up for a local 5k in the morning and get your workout in before the food gets passed around!

Don’t just sit on the couch and watch football, get outside and play football with everyone!  Maybe you want to take your holidays snowboarding this year!  Head to the mountains with the family and make it an active holiday!

Time is something we can never get back and it’s something that we spend as though we will never run out.

Appreciate the time you have with each other.  Make that the focus of this coming holiday season. Enjoy the holiday – DAY – and then get right back on track the next day if you over indulged.  Kick up that workout.  Sweat.  Do something active together.

Create your own healthy traditions.  Focus on the love you have for each other.

Skip clogging each other’s arteries.  Seriously, that’s not going to help anything.

Just my thoughts.  Now put the candy in the trash.

I see you with that chocolate bar.  Yes, you.

I’ll be posting my favorite healthy holiday recipes so if you do plan on preparing a meal for family and friends, you can serve them healthy, delicious foods!  Stay tuned!

xoxo

Lauren

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