Holiday Survival Tips: How to Get Through Food Coma Season Relatively Clean

It’s impossible to lose or maintain weight during a busy holiday season, right?

Wrong!

But it may take some real clarity and dedication to simple eating and being between your scheduled holiday food comas.  Yes, reduce stress and eat simply.  Why? Long term stress pushes your blood sugar higher, compounding what already results from heavier holiday meals and increased sugar consumption.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays clean and stress-less.

 

Small Changes Lead to Big Transformations

Try any of these suggestions.  Take note of changes in sensations, appearance, or life signs in the bodymind. Let me know how it goes for you.

Replace one Low Quality Food for something better

  • Unsweetened Almond Milk instead of Processed Cows
  • Cows milk is highly processed, containing anti-biotics and other toxins along with sugars and fats.
  • Fresh, clean whole vegetables instead of boxed, frozen, highly sauced Vegetables are way more nutrient dense fresh from the garden. The further away they get from the farm, and the more manipulated they are (frozen, etc) the more they lose the vitamins and minerals you need from then.
  • If you eat animal proteins, have higher quality sources and cook them at home; higher quality means cage-free, pastured, grass fed, and well treated. I makes a difference.
  • Ancient grains (Amaranth or Quinoa – which are seeds, and not GMO) or Nut flours instead of wheat, corn, rye, or other traditional grains. This will eliminate any potential gluten concerns from these food sources, along with excess body inflammation generally.
  • If you drink caffeine, work toward just 1 cup in the morning and stick to black coffee or tea without sugar, milk or cream
  • Try making the healthy Warm Cinnamon Apple recipe with plant-based sweetener instead of a sugary dessert
  • Use straight plant-based sweeteners like Stevia or SweetyHi (available online only). If you only eliminated added sugars, you’d do your bodymind a world of good.
  • Drink whole food smoothies that use plant-based sweeteners, this instead of sugar-loaded sports drinks, sodas, sweetened water, or the like.
  • Use Extra-Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut, Olive or Avocado oils for cooking. Be mindful that some products advertised as Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) are now falsely advertised as such, containing high levels of corn oil. Just get the best quality source you can and check into the company that’s producing it.

Eat Clean and/or adopt healthier habits, Around Holiday events

  • Shop “on the outside” of the store for whole foods only as often as possible throughout the season.  I provide a personalized Grocery List of whole foods to the folks I work with one-on-one.  But if you stick to whole fruits, vegetables and well-sourced animal proteins (if you eat them), you’ll go a really long way to improving your health.
  • Eat Clean or Plant-Based for 2, 3 or more days a week around holiday eating.
  • Adopt a Mono-Diet (eat apples all day) the day after a Big Splurge.
  • Commit to achieving Great Sleep Read More
  • Pick one self-soothing, stress reducing activity you can do for yourself quickly and meaningfully on a daily basis. Reducing stress in small amounts is like making regular deposits in a savings account; it pays great dividends.

 

Eliminate or set clear boundaries around one Low Quality Food for the Season

  • Grains & Bread
  • Processed Dairy and things made from processed dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Activities, Places and Things that you do, but that increase stress. Feel confident in yourself enough to set a boundary for yourself that allows you the freedom to choose not to be around toxic environments or people in favor of more peaceful options.
  • Fast foods
  • Sugar in all its forms. I’ve documented over 100.  (Request the list when you sign up for my newsletter)
  • Unhealthy oils; all vegetable oils.

Why stress yourself out more than necessary over the holiday season.  Holidays, at their best, should be about lifted spirits, rest, enjoyment, and good life.  So why not do something to enhance your health within so you can enjoy more holidays the rest of your long life ahead!

 

To You Within,