The holidays are here, surrounded by their aura of presents, family, mistletoes, and absurd amounts of food. This time of the year is interesting, because although it’s meant for happiness, celebration, and relaxation, it brings up a lot of stress in a lot of people. From buying presents in crowded stores, to spending time with relatives we would rather stay away from, to traffic jams and expensive travelling arrangements, many of us have a love-hate relationship with Santa and all he brings along with him.
And when it comes to bittersweet holiday feelings, food is at the top of the list for many. Hot chocolate, apple cider, gingerbread cookies, mulled wine…they’re all delicious and comforting. But they are also just the tip of the giant iceberg of food and alcohol that we are presented with at every holiday event and that leave us feeling depleted, bloated, and guilty. No matter how good our intentions are, and how determined we are to stay on track with our healthy eating habits, the last month of the year implies crazy amounts of food and little will power.
I was talking to one of my health coaching clients this morning, giving her some tips to survive the next couple of weeks with grace, and I thought sharing it with all of you would also be beneficial. So if you are already worried about not being able to control yourself around the Christmas table, here are a few suggestions that will help you navigate the holidays in a healthier and more empowered way.