5 Tips ON: How to Successfully Navigate the Holidays!

We're here!!!! It's officially holiday season...are you ready?

Or are you like....freaking out? This time of year means basically packing on those extra pounds, right? 

NAH! What would you say if I told you that you can have fun at all your holiday events, not feel deprived, AND avoid those extra pounds? Because...you can! Check out these simple tips and tricks to help navigate any holiday party...

1. Bring something to pass that you know you can feel good eating. A good rule of thumb is something that is gluten and dairy free, and is made with organic products. Like... vegetables with hummus, sliced apples with almond butter, pepper and goat cheese stuffed mini mushrooms, a gluten free cracker with tomato-basil brushetta, mini turkey meatballs with a miso dipping sauce (1 cup white miso, 1/4 cup filtered water, 1/2 cup EVOO, 1 diced garlic clove, 1 cup diced onion throw in a food processor and be done), mayo-free deviled eggs....check out our pinterest page for more ideas!

2. Eat on your regular schedule throughout the day! You DON'T want to show up to the party starving because that's when we lose control and eat whatever is in sight. Make sure you are eating on your regular schedule all day - that means every 3-5 hours - to prevent the bad choices low blood sugar brings on. We often times fall victim to the "eat anything in site" because we are in a blood sugar slump (like that 4pm chocolate/coffee craving!) - so plan ahead so you can always feel grounded. 

3. Allow yourself 1 bite of everything you want - even if it's a "bad" food - and then take 20 minutes off from munching. If you're still hungry after that, stick to the healthier options available. Between each serving, take 20 minutes before adding more to your plate. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to recognize when the stomach is full, so this will help you to remember not to eat for the sake of eating.  

4. When it comes to drinking, give yourself a realistic boundary. That means, if you want to have 1 drink, have 1, but if you want to have 3 or 4, have 3 or 4. Just stick to what you determined prior to the event so you are at least being honest with yourself. This will help you avoid feeling guilty the next day, and help you start to really get in touch with what is actually normal for you.

5. Follow an easy Daily Detox Plan. This is as simple as having a small cup of warm water with 1-2 tablespoons of raw, apple cider vinegar and lemon each morning upon rising. If you have been drinking (or know you will be) have this again before you start and after you're done. It will help to detox the liver and prevent hangovers. The next layer of this is to make sure you are eating clean outside of the parties. So, the more on point you are outside of the holiday parties, the more you can allow yourself to be off the hook during them. So skip the chocolate at the office in favor of some nuts berries, and save the treats for your bestie's party that night. 

And finally, remember, it's the holidays - and if you're in a seasonal climate, our bodies naturally want to hold a little excess weight as it starts to get cold. So, don't freak out. Just do the honest best that you can through the season and be gracious with yourself. Feeling guilty or bad doesn't serve you, being realistic and honest with yourself will take you much further into making long lasting, good choices. 

Do you have any tips and tricks for navigating holiday parties? Do any of these really work for you? Leave them in the comments below!!