3 Quick Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Articles, Blog | November 26, 2020 | By

Right now it’s Thanksgiving Eve 2020 and we are in the midst of navigating our way through the pandemic.  As I’m writing this post, I can smell aromas of my mom’s apple crisp (and broccoli casserole too) wafting from the kitchen into my home office.  (If you haven’t tried my mom’s apple crisp recipe before, I highly recommend it… it’s also featured in my free Whole-istic Holiday Recipe E-book!)

I’m sitting here reflecting on the past year and doing my best to get all my thoughts and ideas down in writing but… at the same time, my family drove all the way from Boston to Texas in an RV to be with me on Thanksgiving this year, and I’m super thankful to have them here for Thanksgiving.

That said, I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I don’t want to look back on this when I’m 90 and remember spending Thanksgiving Eve working away in the home office while the rest of my family was hanging out and having quality time after driving halfway across the country so we could all be together this year.  (After I finish this blog post we’re going to watch some embarrassing home movies and maybe even play a few cheesy games…)

Whether you’re staying home, keeping it low key or going somewhere special for Thanksgiving, here are the first 3 holiday eating tips that are top of mind, that I wanted to share with you:

1.  Don’t skip breakfast!

As tempting as it can be to want to “bank” all the calories you eat on Thanksgiving for the “big meal”, I advise you to NOT do this.   When we start our day off with a balanced breakfast that includes some kind of carbohydrate from fruit/veggies/whole grains, and some kind of protein, it’s a lot easier to feel empowered and eat more mindfully during the main holiday meal.    

2.  Include veggies!

Whether it’s something orange or green (or maybe something else), making at least 1/3 of your plate veggies during the main course will go a long way for you.  (The other 2/3 of your meal should be a mix of starchy carbs and some kind of protein like turkey or tofurky to name a few examples… that’s easy to do on Thanksgiving, if you ask me!)

3.  Eat what you love. And enjoy it unapologetically.  

There’s something to be said about “soul food”, or sacred, special foods that nourish our soul. 

And there’s also something to be said about not eating the foods that we don’t really enjoy. (Don’t eat something JUST because it’s there in front of you and you feel anxious/bored, hungry etc.! That is not what I’d consider a sacred experience.)

When we give ourselves permission to enjoy food and make it a sacred part of our life, it gives us freedom.  It allows us to ditch the guilt and shame that can often follow when we worry too much about what we believe we “should” or “shouldn’t” eat (that’s a waste of energy).  Guilt and shame also ironically set us up to self-sabotage in the form of gorging on food and then beating ourselves up about it the next day.  

When we enjoy our food unapologetically, it empowers us to eat more mindfully and to be present during the meal.  Our brain is then able to process everything we ate, and again we feel more satisfied and fulfilled.  

For more tips and tricks on empowered eating during the holidays, you might like to check out my guest appearance on the Quantum Shift podcast (Episode 2: How to make empowered choices and maintain momentum through the holiday season) which was recorded last year with Shawna Pelton (thanks again Shawna for hosting me!).

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing this year, I hope this I hope you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy holiday season.  As always, thanks for being a part of my community – I’m grateful for you!

XOXO
Jenna

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