Don’t get caught up in the buy now, pay later mentality that creeps in everywhere – be it gift shopping or eating habits. While the season brings with it the opportunity to overspend and overeat, it doesn’t mean that we are a slave to the system and have to go along for the ride. When it comes to gift giving, the carefully selected thoughtful gift trumps the carelessly purchased expensive gift. As for eating, the holidays are not an excuse to throw in the towel and give up on all your healthy habits. Instead, enjoy the holidays while still remembering the principles of healthy living.

Drink Water

And no, the ice in your festive bevvie doesn’t count! Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water daily. With the cooler temperatures, this is something that can begin to easily slide off of our radar. Alcohol, dry air and more time indoors can contribute to our feelings of dehydration over the winter months. The first signs of dehydration is fatigue and headaches, not thirst like you might imagine. Herbal tea and soups are a cozy way to keep your fluid intake up.

Move Your Body.

Can’t make it to the gym? No problem, we have something called the great outdoors! Go for an after dinner walk and enjoy the festive lights in your neighbourhood. Dig out your ice skates and see if you still remember how they work. The point is, you don’t need to do a hard hitting hour workout to make your body happy. Even a little physical activity is better than none.

Eat Your Veggies!

In the summer, it feels pretty easy to get plenty of produce with so much in season. In the cooler months, focus on soups and stews to get in all that goodness. Try my Butternut Squash Soup or Crazy Good Coconut Curry.

Plan Your Meals

I feel a little bit like a broken record sometimes but it bears repeating. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” If you head into your week without a menu plan, you are not going to eat well. You are going to be flying by the seat of your pants, too tired to think about what to make for dinner without any proper ingredients in the house to create a meal. You will rely on boxed food or takeout menus. This will leave you feeling zapped for energy, bloated and with a case of indigestion. Taking even ten minutes to plan your meals & snacks with a detailed grocery list will earn you back that time tenfold over the week. Need some help in that department? I’ve got you covered! Contact me for menu plans that take all the guesswork out of your week.

Guilt and Food Don’t Belong Together!

You know one of those bad television relationships that everyone knows is going sideways. You can tell that they just don’t belong together. If they would agree to part ways, there is so much more out there waiting for them. Guilt and food are kind of like that. They don’t make a good match. The food makes you feel good for a little bit, followed by that drowning feeling of remorse. I am here to tell you loud and clear, that it is time to do away with that way of thinking. Food is meant to be enjoyed. It is the reason that  God gave us taste buds. It is our job to create a healthy relationship with food – one that allows for indulgence from time to time with no side orders of working it off in the gym later or negative self talk. Unpacking food and guilt can be really hard. For many of us, it isn’t a simple switch to turn off the negative voices in our heads. This can take time, patience and time to cultivate unconditional self love. If you need a cheerleader in this department, I am here to help!

Wishing you joy, love and peace this holiday season!