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For many, there is a serious struggle to say no during the holidays, especially by the time Christmas rolls around.  With the calendar closing in on the end of the year, it’s easier to just say,

“January 1st, I’m starting my diet!”

!  At E4M we don’t diet, we live!  Join me in anticipating the birth of Christ with excitement this year, at the same time, improving your health and wellness by implementing the following 4 strategies.  They are sure to help you keep your Christmas merry and bright ( and maybe even a little lighter too!)

These are strategies, I have been using for the last 10 years, and truly can say, I’ve enjoyed Christmas treats, baking and all that goes with it more now than I ever have.  I don’t believe Christmas should be a time of doing without.  After all, we have been given the gift of a Savior who provides our every need.

The Christmas season is a time of anticipation, and a time to focus on all that we do have to celebrate!   Here’s how I love to enjoy the Christmas season without the guilt!:

Get “Veggie” With It

Amongst all the chocolates, cookie trays and fruit pies, there are literally tons of vegetables at our disposal around Christmas. Especially at mealtimes, attempt to fill at least half your plate with vegetables, and remember the more variety the better.  Why?  The vast colors in veggies represent different vitamins and nutrients that will work together to keep you healthy and fit throughout the holiday season.  Bonus:  I’m always the first to offer up the veggie tray for holiday party.  It’s easy, inexpensive and there are so many festive ways to create a yummy veggie tray.

Check out these cute and festive ideas:👉 Images of holiday veggie trays

It’s okay to say “NO”

Try not to feel pressured by the “But, it’s Christmas” response you are likely to hear when you turn down another cookie or slice of pie. The Christmas gatherings can evoke a sense of collective responsibility for us all to overindulge. It’s a lie! Only eat and drink as much as you feel comfortable with, and don’t be afraid to politely decline on occasion.

Treat yourself; Don’t stuff yourself

Moderation is always a good word to remember during the holidays.  And thinking ahead can’t hurt.  Think about how you will feel after an evening or whole day of overindulging!  Overeating can make you feel sluggish and lethargic, and wreak havoc with your digestive system. If you’re struggling to choose between all the treats, feeling like you cannot say no, pray and ask God to help you.  He will invervene when it’s too much for you to bear.  Also, prioritize the treats you really want, and pass on others. (You wouldn’t let your kiddos eat all those sweets, so why should you?)

Most importantly, get rid of GUILT

 Avoid using words such as “guilt, cheat and bad” to describe your Christmas eating habits. The Bible has much to say on the topic.  Check out these scriptures on Guilt: What does God say about guilt? There’s no reason to feel guilty.  God has just gifted you with the most wonderful gift of all.  His son!  And freedom from sin and death.  Focus on that, and avoid any negative self-talk.   Savour and enjoy this time of year for what it truly is about; family, friends, and a Savior sent from heaven to offer new life and a fresh start!

This holiday season, I pray you receive the gift of health and wellness!  It’s yours for the taking!

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