Avoiding Holiday Sabotage
What I love most about the holidays is also what I hate the most: the intensity of the season. I love the anticipation of getting ready for a party and the excitement of being at the par ty. I love the richness of the decorations, the food and the experiences. At the same time, I come home from celebrations exhausted and totally spent. I would get up to cold, dreary weather which was awful and would leave me a bit grumpy for a good part of the next day. These highs and lows were not good for my body or my psyche.
Once I adopted a high raw diet, I found I was able to stay more on an even keel this time of year. I still enjoy the season, but I don’t experience the sugar highs and the energy lows. Yet, with so many rich cooked holiday foods around, actually STAYING on a high raw diet requires perseverance and planning.
Here are six simple steps you can take to avoid holiday sabotage. Small changes in mind-set and action can help protect and nurture your health all winter long.
1. Decide what your goals are for this holiday season.
What is most important to you right now? Do you want to maintain your weight or bring more raw food into your diet? The first step toward feeling successful is to clearly define your personal goals.
Take a moment to ask yourself what you want out of this holiday season. What are your hopes for yourself mentally and physically? Maybe you are trying to recover from severe illness, and what you eat is priority number one. Maybe you’re willing to make compromises to enjoy some traditional holiday foods or please family and friends. Whatever the case is for you, clarify your priorities and what you really want out of your holiday season.
2. Stock your fridge and pantry.
It ’s the first place you look for food, so make sure you have some delicious and healthy choices! Be sure you have items on hand that nourish and satisfy you. Twice a week, I do food prep to make sure my favorite items are always in my fridge. This can include basic raw soups, sauces, dips, fresh salad ingredients and smoothie ingredients. Keep some healthy desserts in the fridge so you don’t succumb to cravings for traditional processed holiday sweets.
3. Plan ahead for parties and holiday gatherings!
I can’t emphasize this one enough. Eat before you go. Sometimes this is just a necessity. A small, healthy meal at home will make you feel energetic enough to have strong will power at holiday parties and full enough to avoid tempting, high-calorie dishes. Visualize what you want to eat before the party. Anticipate what foods might be at the party. Decide ahead of time what will go into your body. It’s OK to enjoy your favorite cooked foods at a party, but make it part of your plan. Bring your favorite crowd-pleasing raw dish to share with others. This way, you are guaranteed there will be at least one nourishing dish you will really enjoy. Don’t be shy about sharing your favorite dish: If you love it, everyone else probably will too!
4. Simplify what you eat at home.
During the holidays, you might eat fancy, rich foods when you’re out and about To counter this, keep it light and simple at home. Drink plenty of green smoothies and juices. Eat tons of raw fruits and veggies – in your salads, soups and by themselves. Avoid eating too many nuts at any one meal, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Of ten, when you are tired or cranky, you might also be dehydrated. A big glass of water can perk you up – just like a wilted plant!
5. Keep exercising.
Stick to your normal exercise routine, if you have one. If not, start one. Personally, I step it up a bit to make up for any extra calorie consumption. Avoid the temptation to lie around when it’s cold. Instead, go out and get your blood moving!
6. Focus on green foods!
They are the most detoxifying and immune-boosting foods. This can include sprouts, chard, spinach, kale and more. You can wrap greens up into nori rolls or incorporate them in salads, soups or smoothies. You can also supplement your juices with E3Live and your salads with Spirulina Crunchies. Lastly, be sure to have green powders on hand to put in water or juice when fresh greens are not available.
That ’s it! These simple steps are what you need to take to avoid holiday sabotage. Of course, there are still loads of recipes and advice we can offer, but if you stick to these easy steps, you’re sure to end the holiday season fit and refreshed.