Step 1: Mindful Indulgence
One of the season’s joys is the opportunity to savor delightful treats. I am a cake girl; I LOVE good cake, and I love to bake cakes. This year, I plan to bake a Strawberry Shortcake for a close friend, a Coffee Cake for my daughter, and a Butter Pecan Cake for myself. I understand that balancing enjoyment and health is essential, and the key is planning. The cake slice will be the first entry in my food planner, allowing me to make conscious choices throughout the day and still end the day on track. Remember, it’s not about deprivation but about savoring each moment. Plan your indulgences and relish them without guilt.
Step 2: Get Moving
On the morning of each event or get-together, I will schedule a morning workout to kickstart my metabolism and energize my body for the day ahead. Following the main meal, I plan on taking a leisurely walk. Not only does this aid digestion, but it also provides a refreshing break and a chance for fresh air and to appreciate the festive decorations and lights.
Step 3: Hydrate
Hydration is vital to fully enjoying the festive season. In addition to planning my indulgences, I will stay well-hydrated by drinking half my body weight in ounces daily. This simple yet effective practice supports my overall well-being, aids digestion, and ensures I feel my best. I plan to start the day with a refreshing glass of water and keep a water bottle handy throughout the day, making hydration a seamless part of the celebrations.
Step 4: Moments of Personal Retreat
Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, I must carve out moments for self-reflection and rejuvenation. I will take intentional breaks to pray, meditate, and reflect on the year. Amid social gatherings, I will seek a quiet corner to recharge my spirit, ensuring my soul is as nourished as my body. So FIERCE Mamas, as we enjoy the holiday festivities, remember that life is for living. Relish the season’s joy without feeling deprived at every party and get-together. Be intentional about maintaining the healthy lifestyle you’ve worked so hard at throughout the year. A balanced approach ensures you can enjoy the festivities without compromising your well-being. I pray you to have a season filled with love, laughter, and delicious, consciously chosen treats.