Don’t be afraid to say yes to dessert this holiday, thanks to one local expert’s tips for a mindful, healthy lifestyle.
Joyal’s tips make staying healthy during the holiday season manageable and attainable.
As the first frost creeps up on Bostonians, so does the holiday season. Before we know it, our calendars are packed with parties, errands and travel, and almost every activity—in true festive fashion—is centered around food. From cranberry cocktails to cookies and pie, it’s hard to maintain a healthy routine while still allowing yourself to indulge. Massachusetts native Renée Marie Joyal (livebeautifulbook.com) knows all about living a full, healthy life without restrictions. Her book, LIVE BEAUTIFUL, a compassionate, balanced guide to everyday wellness & well-being, teaches readers how to enjoy a pleasure-filled life with a balanced, whole-body approach to wellness—something we all need come Thanksgiving. “If you pay attention to your body’s needs and integrate all facets of your health, including your physical, mental and emotional wellness, you can achieve higher levels of vitality and overall health,” the author shares. This inherent connection between mental and physical health reminds us that everything we consume, including television, books, music and the people we surround ourselves with, impacts our well-being. When it comes to food, many people go into the festive season with a restrictive mindset instead of focusing on enrichment. Take a moment to focus on what you are eating and the overall experience. “Embrace and enjoy but do not skip your workouts, hydration or quality sleep.” Even more so this time of year, our body craves routine. While your never-ending to-do list might be daunting, never sacrifice self-care. Joyal recommends scheduling physical fitness-like events, and giving your body more time to digest when indulging in treats through weekly 12-hour fasting windows. Before the looming season takes over, look to Joyal’s top five tips for healthy holiday eating habits.
“When you know your schedule is going to be busiest with holiday events over the weekends, try to maintain your fitness regime for the earlier days of the week. When you commit to yourself, you are less likely to make poor choices when dining out.”
“Eating something nutrient-rich will not only benefit your health but will keep you from overeating at your next meal. Before attending your next soirée, eat a combination of protein and fiber-rich foods so you don’t arrive famished.”
Stick To Your Regular Eating Schedule
“This will help you stick to your routine and healthier eating habits, also ensuring you do not go to bed on a full stomach. Allow yourself a better night’s sleep ahead!”
“Drinking between 60 to 100 ounces a day can help you manage your appetite, flush toxins and keep you from overindulging.”
Drink to Your Health
“If drinking alcohol, try to stay away from eggnog. Choose a glass of wine or beer instead, and be sure to have a glass of water or seltzer in between drinks.”
Photography by: DANIELLE BULJAN