3. Relax and be present. Ask for help. Delegate. You're not supposed to do everything on your own. Think through your menu for your holiday and enlist people to help you. Set up the table ahead of time so you're not rushing around the day of. Light candles. Put on relaxing music. Grab a cuppa tea and put your feet up while the turkey is cooking or while everyone is socializing. Turn off your phone for the day. Breathe. Laugh. Have fun.
4. Eat Slowly. Mindless eating is pretty common at social and holiday gatherings, so here are some mindful eating tips. Every time you eat this holiday, sit down. Pay attention to the colors on your plate, the smells and textures and tastes. Set your fork down between bites. Eat slowly. Breathe. Relax. Find pleasure in conversation, laughter and presence. If your mind starts going to calories or weight or fat, just say, "Not today, darlin'. Today I'm going to enjoy every bite."
5. Get some fresh air and move your body. Set up a plan ahead of time. Bring your shoes and bundle up. Plan a walk around the neighborhood or a hike in the woods, a basketball game with the kids in the driveway...whatever it is, enjoy some movement and fresh air.
We love to K.I.S.S. the holidays. Keep It Super Simple. Holidays can bring a lot of emotional heaviness - whether it's grief, loneliness, family drama, hardship and so much more. So let's not overcomplicate anything else. Add in simple nourishing things (food, mindset, movement) to begin to crowd out the things that aren't so nourishing.
If you do happen to wake up Friday not feeling your best physically, we've got you covered. Click to last year's blog post: Your 5-Step Day-After Thanksgiving Plan. And if you have leftover turkey, check out our recipe ideas for your leftover turkey!)