The holidays can bring such joy to our lives and can often bring inches to our waistline too.
So, I thought I’d provide you with some healthy swaps to help cut down on calories, but still give you delicious food to enjoy.
But first, check your normal eating habits. Do you:
- Chew your food around 20-30 times?
- Take a few deep breaths before eating?
- Focus on eating and enjoy the time by yourself or with friends and family?
- Turn off the tv and social media? Savor each bite?
- Take 20 minutes to complete your meal?
- Stop eating when you’re 80% full?
These are all suggestions to help your digestion and metabolism work optimally. These things can help set your body up for success even if you do decide to splurge and eat the apple pie and pumpkin pie and all the yumminess available!
I do recommend to my clients to follow the 80/20 rule. This states that you will eat as healthy as you can 80% of the time and then eat whatever you want 20% of the time. If we break that down weekly that means you will eat 17 meals as healthy as you can and 4 meals eat whatever you want. This allows you to splurge and not feel guilty. Plus, you won’t be deprived!
So, taking all these ideas and suggestions into consideration, here are a few healthy swaps you can make for a healthier holiday season:
- Instead of mashed potatoes choose mashed cauliflower.
- Instead of sugar in desserts and dishes use honey or monk fruit sweetener.
- Roast or grill turkey or meat instead of frying it.
- Leave off the glaze on the ham or make your own that has less sugar and preservatives.
- Make gluten free cornbread instead of stuffing the turkey.
- Use real cranberries instead of canned.
- Drink water or hot tea instead of sugary sodas.
- Use butter, ghee, olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil instead of other oils.
- Choose gratitude over judgement.
- Take a walk after the meal instead of hours of tv.
Which one sounds doable to you? Or what would you add to this list?
Being as healthy as you can be takes time, perseverance, and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are 10 ideas for up-leveling your healthy:
Poop every single day
I know. I know. Poop is so terrible to talk about. But, it’s actually one of the most important things to help you stay healthy. If you’re not pooping every day then it’s fermenting and rotting in your gut. Then that ickiness gets absorbed into your blood stream. Even ickier.
Manage your stress
Stress is the number one cause of ALL dis-ease. Stress felt consistently can even alter how your genes are expressed causing sickness, disease, pain, weight gain, and sleeplessness.
Pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals put on our food sources cause our bodies to have a build up of toxins which cause tons of health issues. Choose organic whenever possible or use the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list.
Pray and meditate
Praying and meditating reduces stress. Plus, the connection to God and learning to love and trust Him during life struggles will increase your faith.
Get good sleep
Your body detoxes while you sleep. If you’re not sleeping enough you will likely wake up feeling foggy brained, irritable, and of course exhausted. The left over toxins build up over time and cause more dis-ease in the body.
Move your body
Exercise does so much for not only your physical body but your emotional well being too! Movement releases feel good endorphins that keep us happy and obviously help our muscles too!
As we age we play less and less. We get more serious. Play allows us to feel lighthearted and enjoy life more.
Invest in your relationships
Multiple researchers have found that happy, healthy people have around 3 to 5 strong relationships that are nourished often, or daily. Cultivate relationships with people most important to you.
Drink spring water
Tap water contains a number of toxic chemicals that most filters can’t remove completely. Spring water contains essential minerals and is what I recommend to my clients for safe drinking.
Detox your body and home
Getting rid of toxic chemicals and cleaning products in your home will do wonders for your health. In addition, your body stores toxins and needs detoxing every so often. Make sure you detox safely and with guidance if you’ve never done anything like that before.
These are a few ideas to up-level your healthy. Know that creating new healthy habits takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight and requires one step at a time. What questions do you have about this list? What would you add to this list?
Need ideas for implementing any or all of these tips? Email me for suggestions.