By : Kitty Cheng, Certified Nutritionist, Published Author, Health Coach
Christmas is only weeks away which means so are the celebrations that focus on gifts and food. It's a good idea to spend a little time in November thinking about and planning ahead for the holidays. While it might be a little early to get the holiday decorations out, still there are a few things we can do now to help make the holidays less stressful and more joyful.
What Can We Do Now To Prepare for the Holidays
How can we get a head start on preparation for the holidays and make the season less stressful? I came up with five things we can do to prepare now, including some ideas I collected from the TLS (Transitions Lifestyle System) weight management solution community.
Here are five ways we can be prepared for the Holiday Season:
1. Plan ahead.
Sit down with a notebook or your computer and your calendar, and write down all the things you'd like to do during the holidays, starting maybe from mid-November through the New Year’s celebrations. Personally, I like setting up a holiday planner, including a section of my current schedule and a separate planner dedicated to holiday plans.
2. Shop ahead.
This helps make it easier for you to get your Christmas shopping sooner rather than later. Keep a list of people you want to give presents to and brainstorm gift ideas for each person. This way you’ll have the perfect gifts top-of-mind and will be able to take advantage of sales that come up on those items.
3. Start decluttering.
4. Enjoy the holiday meals.
Start with proteins – You’ve visited the smorgasbord of offerings and you’re ready to dive in. Beginning with the proteins on your plate and ending with the starches will help you fill up on the most nutritious offerings first. You may not want that heap of mashed potatoes by the time you finish your protein and vegetables.
5. Make self-care a priority during the holidays.
Schedule some time for self-care, and leave some space in the schedule to rest, relax and rewind.
Focus on what’s most meaningful, and carve out time to savour the season’s most special times. The Holiday season shouldn’t be an excuse to over indulge at every meal but it definitely doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that piece of homemade pie. Whether you bake healthier alternatives or enjoy a few homemade treats, don’t allow yourself to feel guilty.
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