Food plays a significant role in holiday gatherings. Whether you’re cooking a 5-course Thanksgiving meal or bringing a dish to your neighborhood potluck, we often find ourselves gathering with others around the dinner table. For many, this can be a cause of stress – especially if you feel as if you are eating outside your norm.
We want to preface this portion by emphasizing (again) that life is meant to be enjoyed. During this time, you absolutely should enjoy your favorite foods without feeling the need to make up for it the next day. With that being said, there are always ways to make room for “indulging,” while still staying on track with your health goals. Here are our top three tips to avoid food guilt, enjoy yourself fully and stay healthy this Holiday season
Follow the 80/20 Rule
Eating nutrient-dense, whole foods 80% of the time, and enjoying whatever foods may fall into the “other” category 20% of the time is a wonderful way to feel good about what you are eating. This way, you are consuming nutritious foods that are sure to make you feel physically good, but still allowing yourself to enjoy whatever else makes you happy!
Make sure you prepare at least one healthy dish wherever you go
The best way to ensure that you will be able to consume at least one healthy option is to prepare it yourself. If you are attending a dinner at someone else’s home, make your contribution a delicious vegetable dish, such as roasted brussels sprouts or acorn squash! Remember that healthy can still mean delicious 🙂
Focus on the company – not the food
Most importantly, remember that the Holiday season isn’t about what is on your plate – it’s about spending time with loved ones and practicing gratitude. At the end of the day, the memories you create – not what you ate for dinner that night – will play a lasting role in your life. Take the stress and pressure off what and when you are eating, and instead focus on being present in the current moment.