Take a minute to ask yourself how you are you feeling. Is the festive season stressing you out? If so, why? If you are one of the lucky ones feels relaxed and enjoys this time of the year, appreciate it. Unfortunately, for most people, the holidays don’t bring holiday cheer, but instead a lot of stress and anxiety.
The danger of unrealistic expectations
Setting high, unrealistic expectations are the main cause of our stress and anxiety. We want everything to be “perfect.” Before stressing out, take a moment to ask yourself what’s really important to you? You will probably realize that what matters most isn’t matching your cutlery to your plates, or whether you got your significant other the right present, but about enjoying valuable time with loved ones.
When it comes to food expectations, we pressure ourselves to dress the roasted turkey perfectly and recreate grandma’s famous cranberry sauce. If that wasn’t difficult enough, we also challenge ourselves to pair dinner with the most festive wine, a large helping of Christmas pudding and a selection of cookies.
After meal preparations are complete, it’s time to feast and, unfortunately, all of the sugar and fat overwhelms our bodies. When the big binge is finally over, we don’t feel energized or relaxed, but rather tired and stuffed. Maybe we even notice that our scale hits a number a little higher than the day before.
Challenge yourself: Try something new
First, make the holidays more fun by relaxing a bit. Don’t pressure yourself to create the “perfect” day or the “perfect” meal you have in your head. Yes, grandma’s stuffed turkey and cranberry sauce are delicious, but let yours be different, unique and maybe healthier, too! Healthier recipes will give you energy and help you keep the weight off this holiday season.
Scroll down for our 8fit turkey recipe with delicious raspberry coconut lentils on the side. Then, make some healthy holiday cookies to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Did you know that when you shop on an empty stomach, you are more likely to make unhealthy food choices? Do your grocery shopping when satiated. Also, make a list before you go and only buy what you need. Healthy, happy holidays… here we go!
Love and health,