Rebalancing During the Holiday Season

Not everyone wants to wait for the new year to get back on track with metabolic balance.  If you overdid it on Thanksgiving and you want to start rebalancing, let your coach know!

Here are a six tips for rebalancing:

  1. Don’t tell anyone.  This is the holiday season and many people will not understand why you are “sacrificing” on food.  You do not need to waste energy explaining. Most people will not notice that you are not snacking or eating their holiday cookies.  If they do notice, just say that you’re working on eating mindfully and change the topic to mindful living.  If you need a refresher about mindful living, visit our posts about living a mindful life on metabolic balance.
  2. Clean out your kitchen of any foods not on your plan and donate them to a food kitchen. Do not eat them. If they belong to your family members, put them in tupperware on a lower shelf so that they are not in your face when you open the cabinet.
  3. Plan your menu for the next two weeks.  Keep life simple.  Create soups like Zucchini Basil Soup and Turkey Pho Soup or make a cauliflower pizza crust and avoid recipes with lots of ingredients or long preparation times and oil.
  4. Figure out how you are going to drink your water.  Buy a special water bottle and a filter system if tap water doesn’t taste good to you. Do not add flavouring to your water.
  5. Get plenty of sleep.  You are taking care of your body during a rebalancing and your body needs time to fix itself.  Sleep is the time when your body builds up the immune system and gets everything back on track.
  6. Do you have a smartphone?  Download a silly game to play when you have the urge to snack on something.  There is a no snacking rule with metabolic balance but your brain does not understand this.  The impulse is there and you need to work your way through it and offer yourself an alternative that is easy to implement.

Thanksgiving Rituals the metabolic balance ® way

In a major sociological study of Thanksgiving published in the Journal of Consumer Research, seven rituals were found to be universal in American Families.  Reading through the list, I thought we could modify some of the rituals to conform with a  metabolic balance ® lifestyle.  Here is a metabolic balance ® ritual list for you to add to your holiday.

  1. Giving of Career Advice – metabolic balance ® is always looking for motivated coaches. During Thanksgiving  talk about your awesome coach and how important your coach has been during your metabolic balance ® journey.   Talking about your coach may encourage younger members of your family to see coaching as a career path and may even encourage them to consider living a metabolic balance ® lifestyle.
  2. Forgetting Ingredients – metabolic balance ® wants you to forget lots of ingredients.  Look at your recipes and see how to make them fit into a metabolic balance ® plan.  We know you will make Thanksgiving a treat meal but altering your recipes so they are more metabolic balance ® appropriate will help show your family that they can eat healthy and celebrate the holidays without too much sacrifice.
  3. Sharing Disaster Stories – If you have been following the metabolic balance ® plan, you will have some of these to share. Talk about a great vacation and how you rebalanced afterwards or a night out that when terribly wrong.  metabolic balance ® is a lifestyle not a diet so share with your family and friends how you live a metabolic balance ® life and how great you feel because you are eating what makes sense for your body.
  4. Reappropriation of Store Bought Items – For metabolic balance ® why not take one of our recipes and make it your own.  Find a metabolic balance ®Monday recipe and add a special ingredient that keeps it metabolic balance ®d but also makes it your own.
  5. Put away the leftovers – Save your turkey from Thanksgiving to make a wonderful Turkey soup. Let your guests take home anything that is not on your metabolic balance ® plan.  This makes it easier for you to rebalance and avoid eating treat foods for more than just one day.
  6. Walking.  We encourage you to go walk before and after your Thanksgiving meal to spend time with your family outdoors.  Staying away from the television and the kitchen may reduce your snacking opportunities and make it easier for you to stay metabolically balanced.
  7. Water.  metabolic balance ® wants you to drink plenty of water so add a pitcher of water and water glasses to the dining room table to encourage drinking water instead of soda, alcohol or fruit juices.
  8. Take a Bite of Protein.  If dinner is extending past an hour, remember to eat a bit of protein so you stay on plan.  Have some nuts on the table or save a piece of Turkey to nibble on while the family reminisces about the past and dreams about the future.

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photo by susanne nilsson

 

Lets Get Ready For Thanksgiving

It’s time to prepare ourselves for the next 6 weeks of celebrations and lifestyle challenges.

You know how it is, the family may not be supportive of your metabolic balance lifestyle and you will be faced listening to their commentary and questions such as “why are you not eating my rolls?” or, “What is wrong with having Turkey and and some bacon?”   Use your coach as support to get you through your celebrations and plan your treat meals accordingly.  You do not have to face the holidays alone, we are all here for you to help you get through the season of lifestyle challenges.

If you slip up during the holidays, don’t forget to plan a rebalancing for the new year.  We will be doing our yearly challenge and would love for you to take the time to focus on your MB life.

Here are some links to articles that will help you during the holiday season:

Practical Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Have a Safe Thanksgiving

How to be a Great Thanksgiving Guest

How to Avoid Overindulging

metabolic balance Tips for the Holidays

Be Thankful for metabolic balance