The end of the year is filled with fun distractions pulling you in every direction; parties, booze, food covered in gravy, late nights, pies, whipped cream, processed carbs at every turn, yoga amnesia, and stuff that once resembled a vegetable but is now drowning in butter and bacon.
And to top it all off, cheese platters are now officially part of your life.
Sure, you could sit at home alone and eat quinoa and kale for dinner for the rest of the year, but connecting with other humans, celebrating, and having fun are good for the soul.
Get out there, have some fun, and follow these four tips to help keep you balanced in the process:
1. Choose one healthy food or drink habit and stick with it for the rest of the year.
Now is not the time to aim for perfection; now is the time to choose one healthy thing and commit to it. Everything else healthy that you squeeze in is a bonus.
Here are some ideas:
- Drink one green smoothie a day.
- Eat one big raw salad a day.
- Drink warm lemon water every morning.
- Eat a piece of fruit instead of a processed sugar treat once a day.
2. Make it your job to provide veggie-focused side dishes at your holiday get-togethers.
These are usually the easiest to make and they will stand out among the onslaught of heavy dishes being served. Whether people realize it or not, they'll be thankful that you balanced out the dinner table with nutrient-rich offerings.
Here are some ideas:
- Brussels and Kale Salad
- Balsamic Green Beans and Mushrooms
- Roasted Root Veggies
- Butternut Squash Bisque
3. Set up a new year game plan ASAP.
Partaking in holiday cheer is much more enjoyable when you know help is around the corner, waiting for you when the party's over.
Set up a gym membership, buy a juicer, hook up with a jogging buddy, find a good food reset plan, and get ready to rid yourself of the holiday cheer after the New Year.
Once you set up your plan, sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities — cheese platter and all.
4. Enjoy the hell out of the holidays and tell guilt to take a hike.
Nothing will get your tinsel in a twist faster than beating yourself up, feeling bad, and weighing yourself down with guilt for having a good time.
Whether it’s indulging in that cheese platter, drinking your fill of champagne, or skipping yoga, you can get back to all the wholesome, healthy stuff next year. The only thing that feeling guilty will do is extract the enjoyment out of whatever it is you’re doing.
Breathe, let go, be kind to yourself, and allow for some wiggle room. Life (and the holiday season) is tough enough without beating yourself up.
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