It’s a time for parties, crazy in-laws, and indulgent behavior… Duh, we know this, it’s the holidays, but how can we partake in the festivities and not lose our sanity and / or gain a dress size?!?! Here is a full proof system, if you follow these guidelines it will surely help stave off the unwanted effects of too much jolly or jelly! har-har
5. Prior to entering a party scene, where you know there will be lots of alcohol- name a number in your head about how many drinks you will have; be comfortable with the number- no judgments. Consider if you have to drive home or if you have to be productive the next day, then make a conscious choice. This rule of thumb will generally help you make a good decision between getting tipsy or getting tanked. Just to note, either is fine, we are all adults, but I find when you make a conscious decision, that decision is generally a good one.
4. The holiday table is generally filled with good food, but sometimes I think we have been inundated with so much information as to what is and isn’t good for us, that it has become overwhelming and people just end up saying, “screw it!” Here are 3 things to remember that will help you make better eating choices at the holiday party:
- Don’t worry about the fat- it’s everywhere. Worry about the trans fat. It’s in the processed foods- so as long as it’s homemade, it shouldn’t have trans fat. Look your host in the eye!
- Make meat and vegetables your go-to choice for 80% of your plate. Simple!
- Share the sweet stuff. Make new friends if you have to, but just taste and tantalize your buds ever so briefly, then give it away. Unless of course it’s some kind of Paleo desert which by all means- go to town!
3. It is that time to shine! Put your best foot forward at every event you go to. Don’t play it safe, play it like you mean it, and beautify. Don’t get it twisted, wear the beauty that’s inside you already and show how it translates into class, creativity, and confidence. Feel beautiful in every way you can and share the positive energy and love that emanates from putting your best-self out there. Quickly ,when getting dressed heed these tips:
- Do a quick workout before you go out! 10 minutes of squats, pushups, and crunches. Trust me, not only will it boost your confidence, it will fill out your outfit in all the right places!
- Understated is the new cool… Be noticed for you- not for some wardrobe malfunction!
- Confidence. Confidence. Confidence. WORK IT!
2. It’s also that time where emotions can run high and low. Many things can affect your mood, from the foods you eat to your father-in-law, your emotional shields may go into overtime during the holiday season. Here are 3 methods of finding your inner peace:
- Whether it’s the first thing you do in the morning or the last things you say before you go to bed, find a way to say thank you for all the wonderful things in your life. List them out. It takes less than a minute, but take longer if you like =)
- When in doubt- laugh it out! Like the silver-lining, find the funny-lining it’s so much more entertaining and it changes your perspective real quick. It’s a lot more work to be stressed and mad when you’re laughing and smiling. Psychology 101 LOL
- Deep breaths and a private bathroom stall can save a person’s sanity. In any social setting, when you feel like you just need to get away, head to the nearest stall and take some grounding breaths (slow and deep) and know that the party will be over soon. They should make an APP locator- press here and you will be beamed away…
1. Don’t get caught up in the commercial hype of the season. Don’t go in debt or depression over the material emphasis of our society. Here is the truth of it:
- Your wife/girlfriend would rather have a kind gesture of love by you either helping her with something she wants to do or by expressing your gratitude for having her in your life with a hand written letter.
- Your husband/boyfriend would rather have a romantic evening where you tend to his every need from soup to nuts. Take it literally or figuratively, it all boils down to some good old fashion…. home cooking!
- Your children would rather brag about how their mom and dad spends time with them doing fun family stuff than getting those skinny jeans that will be out of style next year. Check yourself- don’t be that parent where when their child grows up to understand a few things and says, well “they” really weren’t around… ouch!
Make it about giving the gift of love and time; make memories that stand the test of time.