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  • Michelle Leftridge Smith

Holiday Treats and Traps! Avoid the landminds and still have your favorites!

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

I'm a FOODIE! There I said it... do you admit to some of your nemesis or do you try to ignore them?


With the holiday season in full swing, with all of it's delicious temptations and emotions.

So, What's a girl to do?


To be completely honest.. it would be a whole lot easier if I could eat all the things I love and enjoy, workout when I felt like it and everything still fit and looked great! You know like the Kardashian's or the leading IG influencer make us think life is like! But the reality is.... that donut sits on my hips just like you, I enjoy the feeling of a long run or a hard workout (because I know I earned it and it does me good mentally and physically) and I'm 46 years old and how my clothes look on me know should look drastically different than they did 10-20 years ago!


Ok so enough of that, back to the cake!


Look the truth is holidays and special occasions are just that... special and yearly, not daily (although we could all get into celebrating the daily donut hour or my favorite chips, salsa and bloody mary hour). But, we loose ground and become emotionally overwhelmed when there are too many events and food days clustered together. But, you know you are looking forward to Grandma's dressing, aunt Becky's pecan pie and uncle Jo's cranberry relish, New Year Eve's drink ring, Chocolate covered strawberry's on Valentines Day, Pistachio cake at Easter... man the list goes on and on and the next thing we know we've deamed ever month a reason not to start being accountable for our choices.


Here's my top 5 tips I give my clients to help get through the Holidays and still keep their gainz!


Tip 1- Take care of yourself! That means keep your routine as much as possible and keeping your workouts, walks, etc daily, in order to show up feeling good. If you get run down, your immune system will plummet


Tip 2- Plan ahead! Know all the yearly goodies you are looking forward to having and know that your going to enjoy them (in moderation). Instead of the mindset of, "I cant or shouldn't have", that just sets you up to over indulge. You should enjoy those traditions or special holiday savors and appreciate that you can enjoy it (again)! Slow down and savor a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan. If you plan for it, no food needs to be on the naughty list.


Tip 3-Get your ZZZ's! Sleep loss can make it harder to manage your blood sugar, and when you’re sleep deprived you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless eating.


Tip 4-Saying NO is ok! Everyone what's you to be there, b


e at their event and get together! Let's face it we are Super mom and Wonder Woman all in 1, but we can only be so many places and there are only so many hours. So, let's keep the spaghetti on the plate vs falling off, and really look at your calendar and cut some of those invites , because if it costs you your peace... it's not worth it!


Tip 5- Attitude of Gratitude! We are all guilty of getting and being crabby, snippy and possibly difficult to talk with though the busy holiday season. But, if you're making it a daily habit to speak out loud 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you are excited about or manifesting, guarantee your attitude will change!


So, as you plan your goodies and get together... have gratitude for grammy's pumpkin tart (might not get it next year) and the one's you love, the blessings that give you an Amped Life and until next time,

Michelle


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