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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Mindfully this Holiday Season!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Mindfully this Holiday Season!

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The holidays are notorious for overindulgence – from spending extravagantly to consuming copious amounts of food and drink. We know you’d love to get through the holidays with your sanity and a few less pounds. You can if you practice mindful indulgence by embracing activities that don't revolve around the kitchen island, dining room table, or basement bar. Start by downloading our GAIN Balance Guide to regain balance and control and learn why mindful indulgence is the key to a fulfilling and joyous celebration. 

Incorporating intentionality and mindfulness into your holiday routine empowers you to navigate the season successfully. By doing so, you can revel in the festivities, create lasting memories, and safeguard your overall well-being. The goal is a holiday season that is both joyful and health-conscious.

To ensure a balance between festive enjoyment and maintaining well-being, consider incorporating our seven secrets to staying mindful into your holiday routine.

Seven strategies to support your well-being

  1. Stay present and be mindful. Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday planning and celebrations, it's crucial to remain grounded. Practice self-care and mindfulness by staying hydrated, eating until you're comfortably satiated, and getting enough sleep. Take moments to meditate or just breathe deeply during quiet moments.  This will help tremendously!

  2. Plan for the holiday season. Before attending holiday gatherings, create a plan to avoid overindulging. Eat regular meals before family gatherings or office parties to resist overeating. Immerse yourself in the festivities by assisting the host, bringing games, and engaging with colleagues or loved ones.

  3. Choose water over wine! Hydration is vital, not only for overall well-being but also for making intuitive decisions about eating and drinking. Seltzer water can serve as a great non-alcoholic alternative, and water is a great way to dilute alcoholic drinks. Commit to drinking a full glass of water between every adult beverage.

  4. Make intuitive decisions. Listen to your body, especially during the holiday season when overindulgence is prevalent. Check in periodically to assess your hunger and thirst levels. Allow yourself to enjoy seconds if desired, and don't judge cravings. Create a to-go plate if you're uncomfortably full, saving dessert for a later time. A good rule is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, which is also good news for your waistline and health. After enjoying a festive meal, take a stroll with friends or family. This gentle exercise not only aids digestion but also helps alleviate post-meal fatigue.

  5. Organize activities. Shift the focus away from food and beverages by organizing activities for yourself and your loved ones. Board games, holiday movie nights, walks, arts and crafts, and volunteer work are excellent alternatives to keep your mind occupied and prevent overindulgence. Sign up for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day; socialize on the tennis court or football field. These activities provide entertainment and foster meaningful connections, keeping your mind occupied and lessening the likelihood of overindulgence.

  6. Avoid pitfalls. Recognize and address triggers that may lead to overindulgence, such as stress, with a solid self-care routine. Indulge in bubble baths rather than bubbly. Get a runner's high with a fast-paced walk around the neighborhood, a family football catch, or a game of hoops. Set boundaries and prioritize your health. If necessary, graciously say no to certain events to detox and regroup. Establish goals related to overindulgence at the beginning of the season and adapt your environment or routine if you find yourself deviating from those goals.

  7. Forgive but don't forget! Forgive yourself for indulging during the holidays. Recognize that occasional treats are a normal part of the season and guilt need not accompany enjoying them; acknowledge it and commit to maintaining balance. Prioritize nutritious meals and integrate regular exercise into your routine. Instead of fixating on perceived setbacks, channel your energy into positive actions that contribute to your overall well-being.

Keep an eye on your goal

Remember, the holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint. Together, we can chart a course that aligns with your goals, ensuring a path to personal and professional fulfillment in the upcoming year. If you're ready to take the next step toward a thriving future with a tailor-made plan crafted to address your unique needs and objectives, let's connect.

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