10 Strategies To Party Guilt-Free Through The Holidays

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10 Strategies To Party Guilt-Free Through The Holidays

Written by: Joanne Beccarelli

It’s the holiday season and we all share some common reasons why we love it. Friends and family! Festivities and celebrations! Food and special treats!

Yes, all of that, but often the holidays also drag along guilt, willpower battles, over indulgence, weight gain and then helplessness and disgust after it is over. This is a pattern that you don’t need to accept and dive into this year. With a few strategies to party guilt-free through the holidays, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Ten foolproof strategies to make these holidays the most self-loving ever:

1. Put yourself first. Take care of yourself in some way everyday. Push aside the ‘I’ll take care of myself once January rolls around’ mentality. Love yourself today!

2. Don’t delay starting, whether it is eating healthy, exercising, meditating, etc. There are many days between now and ‘then,’ so any movement forward is a win.

3. Life and holidays are not all or nothing, they are built on moments. Consider this as practice for life. Be flexible, relaxed and open to new ways that are not all black and white.

4. Change something you do daily. Pick one thing to make a new habit starting right now. Set a good foundation for what’s to come. View these as steps towards your broader goals.

5. Drink enough water all day long, which is best, or even before eating anything. Hydration is critical to keep everything working, especially with the added stress of unusual foods and activities.

6. Eat fresh fruit every day. Enjoy natural sweetness as a way to balance your desires for sugary treats.

7. Go meatless and dairy free at least once a week. Periodically give your body a break and get energy from an abundance of plants – vegetables, fruits and whole grains. View this as a mini cleanse that happens whenever you do it.

8. Embrace a feeling of gratitude now more than ever. Begin to express gratitude each day, saying out loud or writing down for reflection what you are grateful for.

9. Eat super clean between your festivities. Skip processed foods that include sugar, wheat and added oils whenever you are not going out or entertaining, but stay clear of any sense of deprivation. Life is all about balance.

10. Soak it all in and savor the entire experience. Really taste what you are eating and drinking. At the same time, take in your surroundings – the people, the decorations and the vibe. When you fully experience life, satisfaction gets amplified!

The holidays can be one of the most joyous times of the year. Following these simple practices will keep your health habits alive and can even help you jump start those new year’s resolutions right now, during the festivities. Think ahead, smiling, about how good you will feel to end the season better off than you started it.

Share your ideas in the comments below for daily practices or simple habits to add in right now.

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Joanne Beccarelli

Holistic Health Coach, Juicing Junkie and Writer at GLAD for Health
Joanne Beccarelli is a holistic health coach, juicing junkie, writer, soon to be cookbook author and recovered emotional eater. Inspired by many great voices in the health-thru-food revolution, Joanne found her way out of hiding in shame (losing almost 100 lbs in the process) and stepped away from the corporate world. She now dedicates every day to helping others who are overwhelmed, overworked, and overstressed, find awareness, fulfilment and better health.

Joanne has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell/T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and became a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC).
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