The holidays are upon us and with that usually comes time with family, friends and an abundance of mouth watering food we can hardly stand to resist. For some, warm memories of time spent with the ones we love fill the air. A table full of so much food you could probably feed the neighborhood. Watching the parade while waiting for Santa to show up at the end, letting us know Christmas is around the corner. Whatever your tradition may be, a few things are usually the same for most. Panic and stress. Each year we worry, “How will get everything done in time?!”, “How will I get through this without gaining 100 pounds?!”, “How will I make it through this day without strangling someone in my family?!”
These are all completely rational questions. It’s very true that some people try to do too much when we want things to be extra special. The holidays are no exception. We all have 1 (or more) holiday foods that call to us from across the room, as if they were waiting there just for us. And for some of us, spending long periods of time in a crowded house full of family, everyone’s space being invaded, can make us want to pull our hair out.
This is where I come in.
I recently had an online class covering 7 very helpful tips on how to get through the holidays without feeling like you are going to spin out of control. Let’s be honest, no one wants to feel like they’re going to end up with a stress ulcer or leap across the table to choke the relative that drives them nuts OR wake up in the middle of the night, grab a fork and <insert favorite holiday treat here> and finish it off before morning.
So, I decided to take what I learned from this class and share these tips with you. After all, it IS the season of giving.
First, I would like to say just how grateful I am to be a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Everything I have learned so far has only made my passion for healthy living and helping people find their way to living happier, healthier and fuller lives, that much greater! What an incredible school and group of people involved in it. I find myself inspired by something new every day! Having said all of that, I would also like to thank Sharon Stevens and Christy Goldfeder for hosting this class and proving so many of us with the opportunity to get these tips out to everyone BEFORE the holidays begin.