Thanksgiving marks the opening day of the holiday eating season and what starts as wonderful meal shared by loved can start a downward spiral of eating and glutinous behaviors. From the parties to the well-intentioned gifts, bad food is impossible to escape during the holidays.
Everyone knows that misery loves company and if your eating habits are miserable going into the holidays then they are likely to find plenty of bad food choices to keep them company. What if you started the holiday eating season on a good foot. What if you took two weeks before Thanksgiving to eat well, move well and think well? How do you think you would handle the holiday stresses if you felt better and thought better? This is exactly what I am suggesting, two weeks of eating well, moving well and thinking well to put you into a great space prior to the beginning of the holiday craziness.
The changes I mentioned above don’t have to be monumental to be significant. A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step just as improving your health starts with small lifestyle changes.
There are so many small ways you can have a positive impact on your diet. What I often see is that people try to do too much too fast and become frustrated and return to their old ways.
Over these next two weeks, pick a couple things that you can change about your diet and see how that makes you feel. You might eliminate soda or processed foods for two weeks. You might eat fast food three times a week, so over the next two weeks only allow yourself to have fast food once a week. Adding fresh vegetables into your diet can be another way to get you on track to better health and wellness.
Winter has arrived so it is harder to get outside and move around, but there is a lot you can do around the house to keep moving. Youtube is full of free exercise videos that could keep you working out for months. You can also pick a goal like doing planks every night for two weeks or doing the stretches that we have given you for two weeks J.
Everyone knows that the holidays can be a stressful time, but there are some simple things that you can do to limit the impact holiday stress has on you. One way you can decrease your stress is to limit the expectations you have for yourself. It is easy to get wrapped up in all the things that you think “need’ to be done, but after stepping back for a second it becomes obvious that the world will not come to an end if you don’t check everything off your holiday list.
Meditation is another wonderful way to hit the mental reset button. There are many ways to meditate so you might need to try a few until you find one that works for you. Many of us think that in order to meditate we need to be in a whit robe, sitting in a dark room with candles burning, but this could not be farther from the truth. Mediation can happen just about anywhere. You can meditate on the floor, in the shower, looking out the window or taking a walk. For some tips on mediation, check out Five Minute Meditation.
Some of you might be frustrated with my lack of concrete recommendations, but we know that the “do it my way because it worked for me” technique doesn’t work long term because we are all so very different. My hope is that you read this post and decide that you’re going to make some small changes over these next couple weeks that are meaningful to you. After you have some small wins under your belt I hope that you take on a couple more.
Earlier in this post I mentioned that misery loves company, but the same could hold true for your health. As you start to make these small changes you will start to feel healthier which will motivate you to continue down your path to wellness.
To have your best holiday season eat well, move well and think well over the next two weeks and see what impact it has you and other around you.