The Holiday Season & Social Eating

We’re only 23 days away from Thanksgiving! And after Thanksgiving, both Christmas and New Years are here and gone in the blink of an eye.

With the next couple months being heavy hitters in regards to high-calorie food, high stress levels, and a lot of time spent with family and friends, we just want to ground you with a few health & wellness reminders!

Eating together tends to act like a social glue. It is easier to bond, relax, and communicate when comforting foods (like sweet potato casserole or homemade mac ‘n cheese!) are on the table. But if you’re not careful, one holiday meal can take up all your calories you’re supposed to eat in a single day!

Tips & Tricks

  • Start your day with meditation. Meditation through yoga can boost your metabolism, but if sitting and meditating is more your style, there are plenty of benefits you can reap there, too! Regular meditation can decrease stress, increase your self-awareness, and help teach you to slow things down and enjoy what’s really important— in this case: healthy holiday celebrations with friends and family!
  • Eat a salad before your big holiday meal. If you eat a salad before your holiday meal, you are helping yourself out in a couple of ways. 1.) You’re making sure you are getting some vegetables in your belly, and 2.) you are filling up on nutritious food so there is less room for the unhealthy holiday dishes to follow! All in all, you’re really doing yourself a favor!
  • Determine an accountability partner within your social circle. If you share similar health and wellness goals, it will be easier for you and your accountability partner to keep each other in check during the holidays. Feel free to download a tracking app or write your meals and workouts down in a journal for you to share and compare. You could even create your own little version of a Maintain Don’t Gain buddy challenge!

Interested in wellness coaching? Your coach can also make a great accountability partner for the holidays!