healthy through the holidays. yes, it's possible.

Well my friends, I think it's safe to say that the holiday season is here. 

I baked up my fall decor... 

And made some delicious pumpkin lattes, smoothies, soup and granola. I will be sharing the pumpkin granola recipe soon, it is a huge hit in our house even with the little people. 

But next up. Project Christmas Tree. Yeah!

The last 4 weeks have been full and awesome. The Thriving Mom Project has just wrapped up and these mama's at all different ages and stages on their mom journey have truly rocked it. Last week I wanted to make sure I shared with them ways to ensure all of their healthy hustle isn't derailed by the holidays. Instead, use this as an opportunity to stay committed, in control and feel empowered when you make healthier choices.  

Just as I shared with these amazing mama's, here are some tips to keep your health and kick off 2016 in an amazing way. 

  • Stay mindful. Moderation and of course keep in mind the 80/20 rule. Budget your 20% accordingly especially with holiday parties likely to fill your schedule for the next month. Be strategic and know your schedule so you can plan your indulgences wisely. This is not meant to cause you to obsess but instead enjoy the indulgences TOTALLY guilt free! 
  • Fuel before you go. Never go to an event or party starving! A great tip is to fill up on lots of water {you already do this...but be especially mindful} and have a snack rich in protein and healthy fats to give you that satisfied feeling. You will be more likely to make wise choices when you get to the party. Some great choices would be an apple with almond butter, smoothie, hard boiled egg, avocado with lemon juice and sea salt or a handful of homemade trail mix. 
  • Support your hot bod. When I know I am up against a heavy meal or going to be eating differently then the norm, I will take 1-2 digestive enzyme capsules about 1/2 an hour before we eat. It just helps to amp up your digestive system to be able to handle the food. You can also take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar and that will do the trick too. 
  • Strategize how you fill your plate. When you fill your plate, choose lots of veggies, veggie based side dishes, protein, skip a lot of sauces or heavy foods that you KNOW will leave you feeling like you are in a food coma. Scope out the buffet table and feel empowered as you make wise choices! It's great to make sure you have a handle on portion sizes. I can totally relate when our eyes are a lot bigger than our tummy's, but you and I both know... it's not worth it. 
  • Bring your own healthy. If you are asked to bring something to your work, family or other holiday party plan to bring a healthy dish. Not only can you wow your friends and show them just how delish healthy is but you know there is at least one great option to fill up on. 
  • Support your digestive system. I talk a lot about digestive system health and ways to improve the way it works in The Thriving Mom Project. Our digestive systems are so amazing and lay a great foundation for true vibrant health. There are three super simple ways to make sure you are giving your body a break and allowing it to work it's magic. First up, your stomach doesn't have teeth my friend so slow down and CHEW your food. Do your best to AVOID LIQUIDS with meals so you don't dilute your bodies natural enzymes it requires to breakdown the food you eat.  And lastly, be strategic in the ORDER THAT YOU EAT YOUR FOOD.  Foods digest at different times so to avoid a traffic jam just work away at your plate in a different way. I start with fruit first always, then onto veggies or salads, grains or carbs and then finish with protein. That's a simple explanation but doing these three things can really help. Let's be serious. Nobody wants to feel like a bloated hot mess. 
  • Indulge, but in small amounts. Yes, you can have some treats, but just don't stand by the dessert table all night. A couple bites savoured should be enough to do the trick. S-A-V-O-U-R your treats without guilt. Food is to be enjoyed.
  • Beat bloat. Should you feel uncomfortable after your meal or meals. A few of my go-to quick remedies are peppermint tea, 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil OR DiGize rubbed on my tummy. Works like a charm.
  • Choose your bevies wisely. At this time of the year, there are more likely to be celebratory and social adult beverages. People ask me a lot of I drink. My answer is of course, but in moderation. Try to skip the super sugary beverages. My go-to's would be a couple drinks of a glass of prosecco, a glass of wine {spritzers are nice too!}, vodka/soda or scotch. Sip them. Add a glass of water in between sips of your drink or a full glass between beverages is even better to stay hydrated. Depending on where you might be there are some fabulous ways to make healthy mocktails that you might love to sip too. 

Just a few ways to keep your health on track through a busy and food filled holiday season. 

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead + cheers to a healthy holiday season! 

N xo

Natasha Bell