Whether you’ve been enjoying the benefits of being plant based for a while, or it’s a recent lifestyle change, the holidays can be a tough time to try and maintain your healthy behaviour. We want to give you some tips to help make sure you stay on track and enjoy the holiday season!
After all it is the holidays… and usually they are stressful enough so try to relax. Take a few breaths and chill out. This may mean you’re going to have to relax about maintaining your usual eating habits and possible exercise routines. We’re not saying you need to give up or give in, but you’ll need to remember that not everyone will understand or accommodate your lifestyle. Just go with the flow, and try to enjoy the holidays. The next tips will help with this…
2. BRING A DISH
Prepare for yourself… to assure you won’t be starving at your holiday outing, bring a dish or two (something like Skinny Sweet Potato Vegan Quiche or Vegan Tiramisu Brownies ). I am sure no host would argue with you bringing some food to share. This will help alleviate some stress for them as well as yourself. Better yet – host a gathering yourself and only serve plant based dishes, this is a great opportunity to introduce the delicious lifestyle of plant based eating to those around you. Just maybe be prepared to answer a few questions.
3. LET GO OF “PERFECT”
When it comes to your fitness, understand that this is a busy time of year and you may miss a workout. It’s not the end of the world. Really. Just make sure you get the next one done. Also if you find it challenging to make time for your full routine, don’t do it! Just exert yourself for 10 minutes if that’s all you have. Your body responds to the challenge of exercise, not to the amount of time you spend doing it. Challenge your whole body with this “AB ATTACK” WORKOUT that will take 30 mins or less.
4. STAY CONFIDENT & NON-JUDGEMENTAL
Like we mentioned earlier, you’re bound to get some questions from family and friends. And although plant based eating is nothing new, people still have a lot of misconceptions about what it’s really all about. Don’t shy away from answering any questions — just be confident in your answers. Be honest about why you chose to live a plant based lifestyle, whether it was for health reasons or ethical reasons or what, but don’t preach. If you need a friendly reminder, watch one of these four must-watch documentaries to reconnect you back to why you may have chose to go plant based in the first place.
This powerful and emotionally driven documentary covers how animals suffer for food, fashion, pets, entertainment, and medical research.
This film features interviews from key doctors and explores how eating a low-fat, plant-based diet helps combat many health issues.
This film documents three meat- and cheese-loving Americans as they adopt a plant-based lifestyle and shows the emotional, health, and physical changes each goes through.
Delving into the world of corporate farming and agriculture business, Food, Inc. takes a stance against factory farming deeming it inhumane, unsustainable, and environmentally destructive.
5. BE PRESENT & HAVE FUN!
With all these steps in plan , let go of the outcome and focus on what is truly important. Be present with your family and enjoy every moment you get with them – this will fuel your health on a much larger scale than any super-food will ever do!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season, and a year filled with Love and Happiness,