While the holiday season is packed with fun and festivity, it can also come with added stress 😣
How many things do you find yourself worrying about this time of year? Most of us have the normal holiday stress around finances, family time, and a lack of time and daylight hours.
Have you found yourself thinking to yourself “I just can’t add one more thing to my plate right now”? This is a very common response when people talk about their health and wellness goals this time of year. This is also the reason why so many goals are put off until after the New Year.
There is the one thing that you can take OFF of your plate this holiday season to help you reach your health goals: stress about your food choices!
Food should never be something that causes you stress or anxiety. If we really think about it, it is merely a lump of calories on a plate. Some foods are more nutritious and some are more delicious! There is a way that you can still enjoy all of your favorite seasonal treats AND still work toward your goals (and no, this isn’t some gimmick or a FAD diet).
You can accomplish this through a habit-based approach to your nutrition. When you focus on your habits surrounding food, rather than solely the foods that you are eating (or not eating), you are able to apply these habits to any situation you are in.
- Holiday parties→ focusing on eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full
- Stress snacking → learning appropriate stress management techniques
- Too busy to cook → learning effective weekly planning/meal prepping to fit your schedule
If you’re not sure where to even start, a nutrition coach can help you start building these healthy habits into your current lifestyle. Working with a nutrition coach is about so much more than telling you what you should and should not be eating. It is about helping you learn about your behaviors surrounding food, and ways that you can start practicing simple habits, one at a time, to improve these behaviors.
The holidays come around every year. We see so many people fall off track during the last two months of the year and start the new year behind on their goals. Don’t let your food choices around the holidays cause you excess stress. Learn how to navigate the holidays in a healthy way that still allows you to enjoy the season!