It’s Sunday and we are all tired from a late night out after our high school football team won the State Championship last night. I’m sitting in front of our tree watching White Christmas and thinking about all the things we have coming up in the next few weeks.
We keep a pretty low-key holiday schedule on purpose, but with older kids we’ve traded class parties and santa visits for exams and getting our college boy home. Add to that our year-end job responsibilities, shopping, and the parties we do attend, we stay busier than we’d prefer.
So we all find ourselves in the dietary dead zone where our metabolism decides to take a long winter nap while our calendars decide to put us on a death march.
What if I told you that there was a way for the holidays and your metabolism to kiss under the mistletoe?
How about we just do some things to minimize damage and keep our energy and immunity up until we get through the holidays?
It’s totally possible. Because listen, the only necks anybody wants to see waddling around here are the turkey necks. Am I right?
The only way to achieve wellness during the holidays is to plan for it. Otherwise, you’ll just be buying bigger pants and spending money at the doctor.
So, let’s talk about ways to crowd out the things that make us regret our December decisions.
I think it’s absurd to assume a December diet will be a reality, so a plan to deflect as much damage as possible is the best way to approach this.
First, our game-plan is crowding out. Crowd out as many bad decisions as you can.
What I mean by that is get as much nutritional punch as you can at all the meals you have total control over. For instance, tomorrow night we’re having Southwestern Chicken Soup. It’s full of nutritionally dense bone broth, vegetables, and organic chicken. So, not only is the meal on our paleo plan, it’s also giving us a very concentrated dose of nutrition.
And it makes enough to feed us for lunch each day this week.
See? As much as you can, make food that will help you meet your goals and stretch throughout the week.
That way, when it is time for your very favorite holiday party of the season, you can eat without the guilt.
Another thing we do here is to put our commitments on a calendar and try to keep in reasonable. We aren’t the kind of people who enjoy spending our evenings running from one party to another. We try to spread them out and stay home during the week as much as possible.
That frees us up to eat like everyone else at a party rather than try to convince ourselves that we’ll “nibble from a veggie tray” or “bring a nutritious dish” to a party as all the magazines tell us to do. That way we can go confidently in the direction of the chocolate and cheese knowing that one night is not going to tank our health or weight.
So, today we’ll start with just one thing.
CROWD OUT as much damage as you can with nutritiously dense food and lots of water.
Be a Spartan at home so you can be a Rebel at the parties.
Tomorrow I’ll give you a recipe for a morning “meal”.
Yes. You need calories in the morning. It is a whole real thing.
Unless you are 18 and have the metabolism of a gazelle, breakfast is an absolute.
I’m a recovering meal skipper as well.
The good news is that there are all sorts of things you can prepare on the weekend and in the evenings, so it’s actually faster than grabbing a coffee.
Or a Diet Coke and a Little Debbie Christmas Tree. (Yeah. Been there, done that. Trust me. It’s not working for you.)