Everybody wants to enjoy the holidays, but nobody wants to feel like a train wreck come January. I take this particularly serious because it just seems harder for most to get back to better health in the winter. Over the years, I noticed that my patients that fall off their better health game in November / December often struggle much harder to feel better until March. Conversely, those that made these better, not perfect, choices during the holidays did better then, and in the new year. You deserve better so let’s make it happen for you this year! Of course, you can’t do better if your digestion isn’t better so text DIGEST123 to 44222 to get the Better Digestive Tune-Up Guide FREE. Here are the Better Holiday Health rules:
- The 7-10 Rule: No this doesn’t mean only eat or drink from 7-10! What it does mean is to choose to bite or sip items that rank a 7-10 (on a scale where 1 is ‘hold your nose to get in’, and 10 is the best bite or sip you’ve ever had). During the holidays, we can overdo it with 4s,5s and 6s – cookies that are “ok” cocktails that are “fine and something to hold or sip on when you are trying to be social” – and these are not better. They don’t satisfy and delight your tastebuds so you are likely to consume more, or keep looking for the 7-10. Instead, review the menu, assess the table, order or make the item that you know will be a 7-10 then your choice will be more satisfying to you and that’s your better, not perfect, choice. You still want your better choice to be on plan so get and create your better nutrition plan (if you haven’t) or text BETTERNUTRITION to 44222 to get the better nutrition guide now.
- The 9 Sips Rule: A glass of wine and a better portioned cocktail has about 9 sips (not gulps). I know because I tested this theory out, repeatedly, for accuracy (rough job ;)! So, when the party hopping happens, hold yourself to 9 sips. If this is not your Day Off then sticking to 9 sips will keep you on track to reduce the unwanted side effects – run-down, sick, real weight gain, extra puffiness etc. – of extra alcohol come January.
- Pick a Day Off Each Week: And enjoy it! I did not say “binge day” on purpose. A day off is just that, one where you don’t think about your food and alcohol intake, a day where you make choices based on what you really want, a day where you might grab a 4,5,6 because there are no 7-10s available. The most important thing about a Day Off? That a Day Back On follows it. If you need help, grab The Road Trip Program to use as a tool to hold you accountable. Your Road Trip Buddy (that’s me!) will help you identify what your “On Day” (I call this a checkmark day) includes and give you tips to put a check in the box after an ‘X’ Day (your Day Off).
So, let’s do the holidays better together. Make sure to also assess your digestion throughout the holidays (I keep a calendar item each week to check in on my digestive health) as that’s one of the better ways to ensure your body is getting what it needs and eliminating what it doesn’t want to keep around next year.
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