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Ho Ho Ho! Merry (almost) Christmas… Scare ya? I shouldn’t. But for many, this is an extremely stressful time of year. From getting shopping done to preparing meals, who really has the time to worry about their health? You do! It’s not uncommon to pack on an extra pound or two over the holidays but what if you can still enjoy those scrumptious dinners AND fit into your jeans come January? Here’s how:

Don’t stress! Realize this is the time of year to enjoy food. Stress in itself can cause weight gain. Practice meditation and breathing exercises to stay present and calm.

Stick to the meaningful foods. Mom’s famous stuffing, Grandma’s homemade cranberry sauce… These are the foods that create memories. Chips and dip are here year-round, you can skip those!

Grab protein and vegetables with your first plate and leave the starches for seconds. Protein and fiber are the most satiating and you may find yourself less hungry for the not-so-healthy sides.

Practice mindfulness. How many times do you catch yourself indulging only to be thinking about the next bite while still chewing the first? Slow down! Put your fork down and create conversation between bites. You can even switch your fork between hands throughout your meal to help slow yourself down.

Be the person who brings a healthy dish. Christmas dinner can be filled with yummy, but not so healthy choices. Offer to bring some sides or if you’re cooking, look for some healthier alternatives for the staples. Stay tuned for a fantastic brussel sprout recipe!

Start a new tradition. Go for a hike, have a game of flag football, play capture the flag with the kids. Get the family involved in physical activity to avoid being stagnant around the snacks all day.

These are just a few tips and tricks to stay moving and avoid overeating throughout the holidays. As a Holistic Nutritionist, it is my job to stay up to date on how to stay healthy and happy. If you have any questions or are looking to get a head start on your New Year’s resolution call the spa for a free 20-minute consultation.

 

Try these brussel sprouts for a healthy and delicious side at your Christmas dinner:

1 lbs of brussel sprouts lightly steamed

3 tbsp of pure maple syrup

1 tbsp of avocado oil (or olive oil)

1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp of dijon mustard

¼ tsp of sea salt

¼ tsp of cracked black pepper

¼ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a baking pan. Put steamed brussel sprouts in pan. Mix remaining ingredients (excluding cranberries and walnuts) in a small bowl and drizzle over brussel sprouts. Top with cranberries and walnuts. Bake in the oven until tender, about 30 minutes.