It seems that when all of us hit this time of year we are bombarded with images of the holidays. A chill is creeping into the air while Christmas decorations and commercials are everywhere. Also slowly, but surely, something begins popping up on all our social media channels…food. Pictures of food, new recipes, quick holiday appetizers and the like are invading Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram…
For example, while looking through Facebook the other day, I had five different videos and/or pics of food in the main feed all with a holiday focus and flair. I find myself getting “hungry” just seeing these pics and videos, even if I’ve just eaten! These just add to the struggle, if trying to stay healthy in the holidays wasn’t difficult enough already.
So what do you do? How about we avoid the fight altogether and this year choose to refocus what gets our attention this season? Check out these suggestions which will help you take control of your health through this celebration season:
- Remember the point of the holidays – the food is not what matters most, none of these celebrations were started as an “all you can eat” event. Look for unique ways to enjoy the season and bring attention back to the real purpose and meaning of the season.
- Make healthy foods available – you must have healthy options in order to make healthy choices. Bring healthy recipes for others but also for yourself. You will likely make better choices just by having better options available.
- Savor the relationships – enjoy those you get to be with this year, look forward to working on and deepening relationships. Their are a number of people you will only see this one time of the year; don’ miss time with them by being in a food coma…
- Don’t surrender to the New Year’s Resolution – January 1st is simply another day, getting focused on being healthy can start now just at easily as it can start then. Your health is too important to put off for the beginning of another year.
While the world around you may be encouraging to live this time of year like everyone else, refocus your choices and explore the holidays from a new perspective. You are in control and you can be a person who exits the holidays healthier than you entered them. Refocus what your holiday season will be about this year and get excited about celebrating in a great, and healthy, new way!