A few years ago, this would have been one of the posts I was most eager to write. I’d spit out all the classic suggestions of eating before you go to a party, volunteering to bring the vegetable tray and either choosing to have a dessert or a drink. I’m not saying those suggestions are bad advice, but I don’t find the need to be so structured in my thinking anymore.
In fact, I wasn’t even going to mention how I handle the holidays, but after receiving some emails (ok, ok, it was only 3) about the topic, I figured I’d bring it up. So, how do I handle holiday season eating?
Pretty much how I handle it any other time of year.
Whomp whomp. What a boring answer, huh?
But truly, now that I embrace the idea of intuitive eating, I have zero restrictions or rules on what I can or can not eat. And because of that, I find myself sticking to more nourishing foods.
Mixed greens salad with spaghetti squash and meatballs
Over the years I’ve become very in tune with how my body feels when I eat certain foods. I know a cookie or two tastes great, but I know eating the dough and then a couple cookies makes me feel slightly sick and lethargic.
I know a glass of wine or two makes me super happy, but more than that knocks me on my butt.
I know too much processed stuff and I just feel ick.
In contrast, I know having eating plenty of veggies and protein keeps my energy high and my immune system strong.
Over medium (basted) egg over avocado with bacon crumbles and sriracha with grapefruit
I think it’s also helped that I like the way the good stuff tastes. Eating seasonally and experimenting with new foods makes just another salad, suddenly delicious.
Mixed baby super greens, diced apple, toasted pecans, diced red pepper and fresh parmesan
However, at parties or restaurants, I’m not shy about exploring outside the veggie tray and enjoy the offerings I may not get very often.
like Julie’s ham and cheese sliders, which were deeeeelicious.
Overall, what I think is most important is the letting go of any guilt, a concept I used to work on weekly with my health coaching clients.
Mexican and margaritas? Yum! Then I just make my next food choice one that I know makes me feel more energized.
Mixed baby greens, purple cabbage, avocado, roasted butternut squash, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds
This strategy (if you can call it that) works for me. Yes, holiday eating I feel pretty good about. However, if anyone has any suggestions on keeping up with exercise… I’m listening!
I’ve been pretty terrible at intentional exercise lately and looking for what will motivate and excite me to get back to it, but that’s a topic for another post.
How to you handle holiday eating?
Do you find it helpful to abide by ‘guidelines’?
What is your favorite holiday/seasonal treat?
I’m a dip girl and get excited about new dips to try or anything having to do with cheese!