When I first started working with people on their health journey, I always worried about how they would handle the pressure of the holidays. I noticed that some people would start “falling off the wagon” at the end of October with Halloween, and then carry that all the way to Christmas. Then they would put an enormous amount of pressure on themselves for the typical “New Year’s resolution” of weight loss and health. This kind of approach can be very problematic because it carries with it a lot of guilt and unnecessary extremes for the new year.
Top 4 Strategies to Survive the Holidays
#1 Support your Liver:
I think that the plan to tackle the holidays needs to be to first prepare your body for the possibility that you may be eating some foods that could possibly cause some inflammation. This liver cleanse is one of the best strategies for preparing your body for anything inflammatory that may be coming your way and reducing hormone fluctuations that could cause that holiday weight gain.
#2 Make Smart Ingredient Swaps”
So let’s talk about what I think a healthy way to handle the holidays looks like. Fortunately, there are so many amazing ways to make desserts these days because of all of the grain free flours out there like almond flour, cassava flour, coconut flour etc. You can replace almost any traditional dessert recipe with these flours and sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar and get an amazingly delicious, healthier version of the same dessert. I mention desserts because I think that is what tempt people the most during the holiday season. Here is an example of some healthier desert options for you to try.
#3 Eat Before you go!
If you are heading to a party and you don’t know what is going to be served there, eat before you go. Yep, it’s that simple! Then when you get there, you can just grab what you know your body responds well to and you won’t be tempted to eat things that wreak havoc on your health.
Preparing your body for the holidays is important when you are on a journey to getting healthy. I don’t want you to feel like you are missing out at all which is why tip #1 is very important. But some of you are struggling with some serious health issues and any little thing that goes wrong can severely tip the scale into the danger zone of bad health for you.
#4 Support Your Stress Axis (HPA-Axis)
For most people, the holidays unfortunately come with a lot of unwanted stress. With traveling or having family staying with you, cooking for days in the kitchen and attending holiday parties, it’s no wonder that a lot of people can gain a few extra pounds even if they manage to eat well during this time. This is because extra stress causes our cortisol (stress hormone) levels to rise. With the rise in cortisol, comes a rise in weight fain, sleeplessness and fatigue. Supporting your HPA-Axis with tools like meditation, light to moderate exercise and adaptogenic herbs like this blend, can give your body the extra support it needs to get through the holidays with ease.
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