Worried about the holiday feasting season derailing your focus on eating healthy? Here are 8 tips to help keep you on track.
1. Remind yourself why you have adopted this new healthy lifestyle. What are the goals you are moving towards? Get clear on the benefits of staying on point and the dangers of lapsing.
2. Watch Forks over Knives or similar documentary to refresh your memory about the impact that diet has on your health, the animals, and the environment. Watch the YouTube video Meat Your Meat to remind yourself of the horrible condition that the animals being served must suffer through.
When eating at someone else’s home:
3. Identify an ally that will support you. Ask them to help you stay committed.
4. Bring one or more healthy dishes that you enjoy. Make them special and worthy of a holiday table. Bring enough to share (but make sure you get yours first before everyone else digs in.)
When you are the host:
5. Host or attend an alternative healthy holiday meal. Look on Meetup.com or local bulletin boards for gatherings or check vegetarian restaurants.
6. If you are the host where the traditional fare is expected, ask others to bring the items you won’t be eating and make healthy versions of what you can eat.
Wherever the celebration:
7. Avoid discussions about your food choices. People may question why you have changed your diet. This is not the time for that conversation. Politely decline or just say something like, “Oh I am just trying something to see how I feel.” Or “My doctor has me on this diet.” and change the subject. Offer to discuss it at some other time.
8. Avoid proselytizing. You may want to spread the news about what you have discovered. You may be worried about the health of your loved ones. Bite your tongue. Be an example of glowing health and those who are ready will come to you later to find out how they can get some too!
Enjoy and Stay Strong!
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