The coziest time of year is ahead of us – December with Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas parties, jingle bells, snow sleighs and time spend with friends, colleagues and families – meaning lots of treats, delicious food and drinks. Temptations around every corner.
We are already preparing ourselves for the guilt that follows.
But hold on a minute, it doesn’t have to be like that!
In reality it is not about the parties, it’s about how we live between the parties.
The way we live between the parties are much more important. I used to have the attitude that I may as well just eat and indulge all the time, because I was going to go on a diet when December turned into January anyway. And THEN I would loose all the weight I had gained and be fit forever – right!!
By the end of January I was back to normal – meaning I had stopped going to the gym, stopped counting calories, stopped eating grapefruits and broccoli. And I felt guilty – painfully guilty and bad that I could not keep my intentions – Again!
I think it is much more harmful to the body to beat ourselves up, than it is to eat good food and enjoy the party
It’s not all or nothing, but rather all about balance – how do we live in between the parties?
My tips before we go into this season of feast and fun:
- Drink delicious green smoothies every day – especially before the party
- Remember to exercise – it is even more important this time of year
- Take time to relax
- Go for walks
- Drink lots of water
- Get your sleep
- Exchange some of your meals with plant-based food
Then go join the party – have fun and enjoy it!! Oh, and don’t forget to kick off your shoes and dance 🙂
Great post sister!
Thanks Love 🙂
Balance is the key. I know I can use these tips. Thank you, Anne!
Yes, balance with fun is key 🙂
Thank you Amy!!
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I am definately going to follow your advice. Everything in moderation! Much easier being a vego though.. I think anyway. Less temptation! I wish we had snow in Australia so I could go for a sleigh ride!
Thank you Cass! Wish you had snow and could go for a sleigh ride too 🙂
We just heard that lots of snow have fallen on the mountain – 2 1/2 hr s drive and we can enjoy the snow – I can’t wait!
What fantastic advice my friend 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you Uru friend!!
Reading this while I’m drinking my (daily) banana-pear-apple-kiwi-spinach-linseed green smoothie 😉
I do agree with you: balance and moderation in the festive month of December, and especially not fretting over what you just ate. Better enjoy the treat fully!
Thanks, Anne 🙂
That sounds like one delicious cocktail Marion!! I am going to try it 🙂 Yum!
Thank you for reading 🙂
Fun post that celebrates life and all the joys it has to offer. We need holidays like this. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you so much – it’s gotta be fun 🙂
Happy Thanks Giving to you too!
Perfect tips Anne! I think good food is meant to be enjoyed, we shouldn’t have to feel guilty about eating it. And eating well on a daily basis is the perfect antidote to Holidays.
It really is 🙂 I hope you have a happy Thanks Giving and I have seen your menu, so I know you are in for a serious treat!!
Thanks Somer my friend!
You are so right! That’s what I do the whole year through! Thanks!
Thank you Sophie!!
Amen!! I no longer suffer with those bouts of guilt and you’ve listed the reasons why! Excellent advice. And I love the little elves (I assume they’re elves, anyway!) 😉
You are right on – they are little elves – little Danish elves 🙂
You are such a great inspiration Annie!!
Thank you Laurie!
What! No Party! It is hard this time of the year to not over indulge. BUT it harder to lose it next year. When I was working, weight was not a problem, now that I’m retired it is harder to keep the weight off. My secret is my dog I have to walk him 2 to 3 times a day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I’m still fighting the weight problem.
Yes lots of parties and fun 🙂
I find that drinking green smoothies and exchanging some of my meals with plant-based food is a delicious and effective way to stay healthy and keep my weight.
You are lucky to have your dog – that is a great help, that means you get out for walks several times a day.
Thank you for visiting! Hope you had a great Thanks Giving!