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Sensible Celebrations: Strategies to Holiday Festivities

As we step into the festive season, it’s essential to navigate the holiday celebrations without falling into the trap of overindulgence or the dread of post-holiday dieting. I'm here to share Ovvia’s approach to enjoying December’s delights in a way that honors both our health and our love for seasonal joys. It’s not just about making smart choices; it’s about savoring each moment and finding a harmonious balance between celebration and well-being.

1. Selective Savoring: Choosing Indulgences with Care

During a recent holiday gathering, I bypassed a tray of store-bought cookies and chose a homemade gingerbread cookie instead. This decision wasn't just about the taste; it was about appreciating finer things in moderation. It's about selecting treats like my favorite egg nog made with simple ingredients: Milk, Cream, Cane Sugar, Pasteurized Organic Egg Yolks, and Nutmeg. This approach helps avoid additives and chemicals, which can lead to increased cravings and overindulgence. Real food, made with natural ingredients, supports a healthy relationship with food.

2. Active Celebrations: Integrating Movement into Festivities

I prioritize incorporating movement into my daily routine to improve my mood and energy levels. Simple steps like choosing stairs over elevators or a brisk walk while catching up with friends have a significant impact on managing stress and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, thanks to improved insulin sensitivity.

3. Eating Rhythm: Keeping Consistent with Meals

I maintain my regular eating schedule, extending my overnight fast for 12-16 hours and eating one to two meals daily without snacking. This consistency aids in managing insulin levels and reinforces healthy eating habits, crucial for long-term wellness. Our brain and body respond best when we maintain these healthy routines.

4. Fiber First: Building a Healthy Plate

For each meal, I prioritize fiber first, followed by protein and healthy fat. This balance provides essential nutrition to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and tames cravings and hunger. High-fiber veggies like Brussels sprouts or cauliflower are almost always available, making it easy to prioritize fiber.

5. Hydration & Rest: The Pillars of Holiday Health

Drinking plenty of water and prioritizing sleep are essentials. I stick with plain water, sometimes heated with fresh lemon, aiming for 60-90 ounces a day. Adequate hydration maintains energy levels and focus aids digestion, and keeps skin healthy. Quality sleep is crucial for mental and physical restoration, especially during the busy holidays.

6. Sweet Choices: Preferring Real Sugar Over Artificial

Opting for real sugar over artificial sweeteners is more than a taste preference. It's about avoiding the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners, such as cravings and blood sugar spikes. I consciously choose real sugar when indulging, avoiding artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. This helps reduce cravings and supports overall well-being.

Bottom Line

This holiday season is not just about festivities; it's an opportunity to embrace a lifestyle that harmonizes indulgence with well-being. By making mindful choices, you can savor the season's pleasures without compromising your health goals. Remember, it's all about finding that sweet spot where celebration meets sensible living.

Next Steps

For more insights on achieving a harmonious balance during this special time of the year, don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter. Let's make this holiday season a time of joyful celebration and mindful well-being. You've got this!

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