High Definition Holiday Health Tips
9 Simple strategies to navigate the holiday party season while
1.Be the Host
When you’re the host, you have control of the nourishment. You will be doing all your guests a favor by not contributing to the health hit they may be exposed to at their other parties.
Choose grain, dairy and legume free recipes and if you don’t mention it, nobody will likely notice. Build meals around a solid protein or two and have lots of fun veggie dishes to back fill folks’ plates.
2. Bring nourishment with you
Easy travel stuff:
● Deli meat tray
● Shrimp (wrapped in bacon)
● Bacon anything
● Olives (wrapped in bacon)
● Spiced (not sugared) nuts
● Stuffed mushrooms (with bacon?)
● Veggie platter
3. Fill up before you go
Showing up hungry is an easy way to overwhelm willpower when staring at a table of pies, cakes, cookies, candies and creams.
Eating beforehand may lower your stress levels, help curb some cravings and reduce the space inside your stomach. You’ll likely reduce your exposure to gluten and other anti-nutrients while still enjoying the company of your peers.
4. Politely say no thank you
Don’t be afraid to make up an awesome story about training for the World Championships of hot air balloon racing or something.
A little light hearted humor may help to defer your cousin’s insistence that you eat a piece of ments-meat pie or that strange holiday haystack candy stuff. WTH is that stuff?
5. Start your day like a boss
Eat a high quality protein packed breakfast such as steak and eggs or bacon and some leafy green veggies to begin your day with good blood sugar management and satiating foods.
Also some good quality movement or exercise early in the day can assist with a positive mood and insulin sensitivity for the day.
6. Eat all the protein
When it’s time to eat, focus on protein first. I’m talking about the meat. Don’t short change yourself here. Get some!
Protein is the most satiating macronutrient and may decrease your desire to overeat the mysterious super-sweet cranberry slurry. (I’ve eaten real cranberries and they aren’t sweet. Just sayin…)
7. Adulting the beverages
It’s the holiday’s and family is around, taking the edge off may be necessary to enjoy Uncle
Tony. I get it.
So bring sparkling water and limes for your mixer to avoid syrups. Choose high quality beer or wine and really enjoy it so you don’t need to hammer down a 6 pack.
One or two will do just fine of the good stuff. Dry Farm Wines is the choice to have ready to open.
8. Go for a brisk walk
Go for an after meal walk. Known as passeggiata in Italy.
Encourage the kids to come with you and trek around the neighborhood to help control the after-meal blood glucose levels. Get outside for some midday sunshine as an extra bonus.
9. Enjoy the journey
Have a plan but be open to changing the plan along the way. It’s the holiday season and time for laughs, love and thanks. Enjoy your time as it is limited.
Be aware that our modern environment is not designed for health, happiness and optimization and most folks are unaware of this. Spread the positivity of health and fitnessas part of your lifestyle.
Your journey is unique, and that’s awesome!