It's that time of year again! Things feel a little cozier and yummy treats seems to be around every corner. The holidays can be a time that is simultaniously filled with overwhelming joy AND stress. What a confusing combination! With so many things to juggle and so many visits from friends and family, your health and fitness can easily fall to the wayside. This in itself can lead to even more stress, so here are a few tips to help you stay on track during this holiday season.
- Really take the time to listen to your body - Your body communicates with you everyday but with our carzy lives and hectic schedules, sometimes we forget to listen. Do you need more rest? Have you been neglecting your water intake? Are you hungry?? Listen to your body's cues; it can answer all of these questions and help you to know what you need. Being present and aware of your needs will help you manage your health much more effectively during these hectic few months.
- On the topic of meeting your needs, stop excessively skipping meals - Your body needs fules to function and without it, it can switch into a state of primal hunger, which is a biologic drive to eat through the release of specific hormones and neurotransmitters. Eating regular meals will help your body trust that food is on the way and provide you with reliable hunger and fullness cues, helping you avoid those post restriction binges.
- Allow yourself flexibility - Your diet and nutrition should never be based on an "all-or-nothing" mindset. The holidays (and let's be real; every other day of our lives) are full of stress and things don't always go to plan. That's okay! Real success will come from making mindful decisions and working to create a balance in your life. So eat that holiday cookie along side your other favorite nutrient rich foods and play a game or take a walk with your family and friends. Remember that you can eat for pleasure AND for health!
This year has been filled with ups and downs and you deserve all of the joy these last few months of 2021 have to offer. Enjoy this time and remember to thank your body for everything it does for you every day!