Wondering how to navigate all of your holiday parties this season and still stay on track? Is your current plan to simply skip them, watch Netflix, and avoid all the gluten/dairy/sugar bombs?? Don’t do that! This is such a wonderful time of year to connect with all of your loved ones, enjoy all the festivities, and set yourself up for a great new year. I have some practical tips you can use so you don’t have to stay at home and miss all the fun.  

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Staying Paleo During the Holidays

  1. Eat Before and/or bring something you feel good about eating. If you’re avoiding sugar this holiday (yay!), make sure you have something you can enjoy and not feel deprived. Check out all of these Sugar Free/Sweetener Free recipes.

 Sweet Potato Pie

Paleo Nutella Pie

Peach Cobbler (use the 21DSD instructions)

Green Apple and Coconut Bites

Brownie Bites 

  1. Know your triggers– this is all about knowing yourself and what sends you over the edge. For me, it’s the second glass of wine. I know I can have one, feel relaxed and a little buzzed, but after the second one I immediately want the third and then it’s a slippery slope to demanding my boyfriend find me nachos. 
  2. Schedule a morning workout– knowing that you’re committed to meeting your friend for a early morning walk, run, WOD, or spin class keeps your goals top of mind and alleviates much of the- should I or shouldn’t it feelings at parties. Should I have that glass of wine/slice of cake/pizza? Or do I want to feel good for my workout in the morning? 
  3. Say No– This is my favorite rule! Holidays can feel overwhelming with obligations. Don’t be afraid to say NO to anything you know will derail you from your goals. I don’t mean be a Grinch, but always put you and your health first, even during the holidays. Being at your best means you are more available for your loved ones.
  4. Revisit Your Goals– before heading out for the evening, take a few minutes to think about or even write down your health/fitness goals you’re working towards. Consider what you eat/drink and how it either takes you closer to your goal or farther away.
  5. Bonus Rule-Have fun– Holidays are a great time to connect with your tribe and bask in the feeling of community and love. Take time to hug the ones you love and connect in healthy ways. Parties aren’t the only way to connect! Meet your mom for a yoga class. Volunteer with your best friend. Take your dog to his favorite dog park. Carve out some extra time for your significant other. If you are at a party, turn up the music and get the dance floor hopping.

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Damage Control

If you do end up tying one on or eat foods that you know don’t work for you, I recommend: –Activated charcoal.  The charcoal binds to any offending particles and takes them out of your gut.

-Coconut water with a pinch of sea salt to restore electrolytes

-Nutrient dense foods- try a pressed juice or a green smoothie

-Nap- when in doubt, sleep it off. Time heals.