Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here they come! The holidays. A mixture of excitement, joy,
overwhelm and reckless abandon. It creeps up on you every year, doesn't
it? And yet you can see it coming.
Thanksgiving is first. The old standards come out, there's so much
emphasis on the food... you actually try not to eat and then you get
hungry and there are so many treats around... you're socializing while
you're eating and then all of a sudden, you're stuffed! But it's the
holidays and you're so "good" most of the time. You're SUPPOSED to
indulge at this time of year!
Does it work well for you? Maybe it's worth it. You know? Maybe you'll just work it off in January again.
But maybe its possible to hit the holiday season so physically
"dialed in" that you can have your cake and eat it too! Have you ever
experienced a sweet treat that you USED to love, but just tastes gross
to you now? That is evidence of your body changing. The composition of
your blood literally changes-- and therefore so does your palette. The
cleaner your system is, the less you are drawn to the really gnarly
treats (the ones that give you a food hangover.)
So what does it take to get dialed in physically? If you had a super
important music recital, or you were acting in a play, or you had the
vacation of a lifetime coming up... what would you do to prepare
yourself? The holidays are a time to lighten up and loosen up, but if
we do that in the same way that we did it when we were kids, the
consequences get more annoying, frankly. Hangovers, weight gain,
disrupted sleep, more painful periods, winter depression, seasonal
affective disorder, moodiness. Lord help our coworkers by late
February, that's all!
Do we really have to lose our equilibrium to "celebrate?"
Here's my Top 5 ways to Savor the Holidays without gaining even ONE pound.
1) Sleep-- Get eight hours or more. Did you know that your body needs SLEEP in order to lose weight? Studies show that lack of sleep
can disrupt hormones, increase hunger and cause weight gain! So any
commitment to weight loss should also be a commitment to sleeping more.
The average American slept 9 hours a night before 1900. Now the average
is only 6.5.
2) Exercise-- Add one workout a week between Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It seems like a lot to fit in when you're stressed out about
getting everything done for the holidays, but precisely because
of the stress, it's worth doing. If you don't exercise at all, get out
for a walk on the weekend. If you exercise 3 times a week, add a
fourth, and so on. This trick is crucial to you getting "extra
balanced" before the holidays arrive, so your equilibrium is rock
solid. It helps your body process the indulgences with grace.
3) Gourmet Health Food-- Bring your own food to the party!
The way to make sure it's something that will make you feel good AND
you won't get the "what the hell kind of food are you eating THIS time"
from your relatives. You make it so fancy and delicious that they are
stunned into admiration. Like these: Butternut Squash Latkes , Chestnuts with Brussel Sprouts or Sesame Truffles from Elanaspantry.com
4) Vegetables- These are the antidote to transgressions.
If you get yourself a food hangover, a regular old hangover or are
generally strung out, have yourself absurdly large plates of vegetables
for 2 or three of your meals for a whole day. It presses the reset
button on your metabolism. I mean eat a platter of green beans (with a
sesame oil, olive oil, rice vinegar and herbamare dressing) or a large
zucchini sautéed with a whole fresh tomato in extra virgin olive oil,
Balsamic vinegar and herbamare. It seems like a lot on your plate, but
it doesn't feel like a lot in your tum. It just makes you feel good.
5) Hot Water Bottle- This is a secret weapon to making it
through the holidays. Go to bed with a hot water bottle next to your
tummy. Not only does this help you fall asleep more quickly and help
you digest your food, it conveys a primal message to your body that you
are loved. The warmth can create a blissful feeling (without the
chocolate!) that can actually help us avert some of the emotional
cravings we often feel around the holidays.
Want more? Sign up for my free teleclass on this topic!
How to Make it Through the Holidays without Losing Your Equilibrium or Gaining Even One Pound!
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Til then! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!