A Guide to Making Healthier Choices While Balancing Health and Festivity
The holiday season invites us into a realm of warmth and jubilation. We smell cinnamon-spiced apple pies and sumptuous roasts. We hear the air hum with joy and festivity. We see twinkling lights, and our closest friends and family fill with laughter and love. And we also anticipate the New Year, a promise of fresh beginnings.
That got us thinking to ourselves:
We’re here to debunk the myth that the holidays hinder your fitness aspirations. Let’s explore how starting now can be the unexpected game-changer you’ve been looking for! And who knows, you might be the friend in the friend group who actually loses weight this holiday season.
Imagine this scenario: You plan to start losing weight after the holidays. You think of these festivities as your “last indulgence” before the diet begins. So you savor every bite as if it were your last. But this tradition has unforeseen repercussions that tend to leave you feeling worse off.
Feeling Guilty and Depressed
Losing Motivation and Confidence
The aftermath of indulgence can be a hurdle to starting your weight loss journey. But setbacks are part of the journey. Experts emphasize the importance of self-compassion in maintaining motivation for weight loss.
So, how can you enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your health goals? Starting your weight loss journey now doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your favorite holiday treats. At Formation, we offer coaching, nutrition plans, medications, and procedures depending on your needs and goals all year round. Below are some ways you can strike a balance between your health and the holidays.
Eat a Balanced Diet in This Order
A balanced diet includes whole foods (unprocessed or minimally processed), lean proteins, and suitable carbohydrates. These foods benefit your overall health and keep you satisfied longer. Eat your protein first. Second, eat the vegetables that grow above ground for their fiber and micronutrients. If you are still hungry, continue with a healthy fat or another serving of protein.
Enjoy Favorite Foods in Moderation
You don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite holiday treats. Enjoying them in moderation can help your long-term journey. By eating in the order prescribed above, when it comes to dessert time, you will be satisfied with a smaller portion of a sweet treat. Remember, your body does not feel full from high-sugar foods, so that’s why “there’s always room for dessert!”
Drink Wisely and Stay Hydrated
Water is essential for overall health. It helps your metabolism, detoxification, and digestion. It also keeps you hydrated and prevents overeating. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking eight glasses of water per day. You should also limit your alcohol intake, as it can cause dehydration and weight gain.
We want to emphasize that eating right is not about sacrifice. It is about creating a life that holistically is joyful, leading to long-term solid health past the holiday season.
A personalized nutrition program can offer you just that. By working 1-on-1 with a nutritionist, plans that consider your work, family commitments, and preferences are considered to fashion a long-term, durable plan.
Plus, one of the fun things for our nutritionists is helping you find substitutes for your cravings that are equally satisfying! These programs provide customized meal plans, nutritional counseling, and support to overcome emotional eating.
Stress and Anxiety Management
Stress can affect your weight loss goals by increasing your appetite, cravings, and emotional eating. When we are stressed, we are in a fight-or-flight state, which makes our body conserve all our calories as fat. When we relax, we rest and digest, maintaining and restoring our metabolism. Stress can also harm your physical and mental health. We advise dedicating time each day to step away from the harsh demands of life to practice relaxation techniques like: