How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

You’ve been killing it since you first set out to reach your current goals.  Your inflammation is down, your joints don’t hurt, your digestion is on point, and your weight is finally at a level where you feel comfortable. All of this is due to your hard work, your commitment to eat clean and care for your body. Now the real challenge comes: the dreaded holiday season.  The word holiday is not supposed to be preceded by the word dread, but it is for so many of us.  Sometimes it feels impossible to not spiral backwards due to the endless social engagement, the family dinners, the stress that comes with the end of the year, and the egg nog (all of the egg nog). Here’s how you’re going to make it through and not derail your progress:

 

“Now the real challenge comes: the dreaded holiday season.”

 

Enjoy the good stuff- Yes, you heard right.  I know you weren’t expecting to read the word enjoy to start this article, but hear me out.  Health is all about moderation. It’s the key to having your favorite stuff in a guilt free way and maintaining both mental and physical health. The problem with taking a moderate approach is that it can quickly become your way of justifying an entire pie because you had a salad last Tuesday (unless that’s just me?). It takes planning and discipline.

The best way to approach this during December is to look at your social calendar and pick a pre-planned number of events that are special to you for some reason and decide to have whatever you want, guilt free.  Guilt from a previous transgression is often what leads us down the wrong path.  Say you went to a party on Saturday planning to be “good”, meaning you’re going to try and deprive yourself.  You started out munching only on the veggie tray, but then decided one drink would be fine.  One drink had you craving another (peppermint martinis, am I right?).  Next thing you know, you’re asking your Uber driver to pull through whataburger at midnight.  Okay fine, but the next day you feel like you’ve messed up anyway and should probably eat the taquitos that you didn’t get to last night because you fell asleep.  Then this decision making carries over continually, all because of one infraction.

“Guilt from a previous transgression is often what leads us down the wrong path.”

 

Instead, why not have a night of guilt free indulgence on something way better than fast food.  For me, I’m choosing two events this year.  Christmas dinner with my family involves my mother’s famous mac n cheese.  I’m talking about the best cheese to noodle ratio of all time here (so worth it).  Plus, there will be delicious boozy hot chocolate and my grandmother’s delicious pies.  I’ll be having so much that I don’t normally indulge in, but I have planned to do so and will have no guilt afterward.  The morning of December 26th, I’ll have a veggie scramble for breakfast and continue with my current plan.

My other event is my Christmas date night with my husband.  Rather than buying presents, we choose to have a date night each year where we go to a restaurant that’s a little higher in price.  I’m a total foodie so I truly enjoy this night.  I order the fancy cocktails, we split appetizers and desserts and order whatever entree we want.  It is so worth it to me to enjoy an upscale menu without caring about the macronutrient content.

“I chose what was worth it”

 

When I look at my social calendar, I see some events that aren’t so “worth it” to me.  Some holiday parties in my office building, for instance.  I’m planning on having a blast at these parties, but chips and dips aren’t worth the arthritic joint flare-ups I experience from eating inflammatory foods.  I just don’t think they’re that good.  For events like these, I’ll probably eat before I go and avoid the drinks because I’d much rather have boozy hot chocolate with my mama on Christmas.  The key is that I won’t feel deprived because I’ve planned a more fun day of indulgence for myself.  I chose what was worth it.  I also won’t feel tempted because I know how important moderation is to my health.

You can easily make this your approach to December.  Don’t feel like you are forced to derail your health because you have a holiday party for the next 4 weekends in a row.  Pick your favorite of the parties and that’s your day.  You’re not depriving yourself at the other parties because you made a proactive choice and you have your favorite to look forward to.  It brings it all into perspective.  This way you can keep yourself on track and not allow yourself to be defeated by the holidays.  They’re stressful enough as it is.  Plus, you’ll have a jump start on everyone who’s planning on starting at square one on Jan 1.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for additional guidance this holiday season (or after it), check out our physician led cleanses.  These can be done while still indulging at a few holiday events, because they are for real humans (no juices, no starvation). Let us help you restore your liver health, nourish the adrenals, heal the gut, and in turn, optimize your weight.

 

Admin | December 8, 2016

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Custom botanical combinations for your individual ailments. Botanicals can be used to treat everyday illnesses such as the common cold, flu, allergies, urinary tract infections, indigestion, and so much more.

Classical Homeopathy

The homeopathic approach to healthcare strives to understand the connections between all of a patients symptoms and identify the underlying state of imbalance. Carefully selected homeopathic remedies are used to treat the patient’s unique state of imbalance to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability and help restore balance to mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic medicine is an integrative approach to healthcare, combining the innate wisdom of nature with advances in modern science. Naturopathic medicine is founded upon traditional healing principles and focuses on treating the root cause of disease rather than symptom management.

Individualized treatment plans facilitate the body’s innate healing ability to restore balance and maintain optimal health and wellbeing. Patient education is an essential component to Naturopathic care, empowering patients to have an active role in creating the level of health and vitality they desire. Treatment plans may include homeopathic and botanical medicines, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical prescriptions, dietary recommendations and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Purdy serves patients throughout the Dallas metroplex.  Many patients prefer meeting at their home, as opposed to the office, for convenience as well as the opportunity for additional lifestyle education.

AT HOME

Optimize Your Weight

Train For Your Next Event

Balance Your Hormones

Get Your Energy Back

Find Freedom From Pain

Heal Your Digestive System

About HHCAbout HHC

Natural Health solutions for all

The Holistic Health Center of Dallas utilizes Naturopathic Medicine, a distinct system of health care emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health. We utilize a combination of traditional and alternative medicines. Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are primary health care practitioners that have found success in blending both sides of the health care paradigm to find healing for their patients.

The scope of diseases treatable with Naturopathic medicine has no limitations. Common primary care issues such as infections, hormonal imbalances, skin issues, and minor injuries are successfully treated everyday by Naturopathic doctors. Even more important is the prevention of, relief from, and reversal of chronic, serious, degenerating illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, chronic headaches, allergies, and many more.

As featured in:

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Dr. Purdy has always been passionate about health. With a background in the gym industry and as a competitive athlete, she has always held fitness in high regard. However, it wasn’t until later in life that she realized there was more to fitness than physical appearance and body composition. After using nutrition to treat health issues in her own life, she became passionate about the idea of using food as medicine. She believes that every patient can find healing faster if they have a healthy foundation.

Dr. Purdy aims to eliminate obstacles to health for her patients by treating the whole body as one unit. She works with many different health concerns including depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune disorders. She spends the majority of her practice helping patients achieve long-lasting weight loss and has a special interest in optimizing performance level in athletes looking for an edge.

In her spare time, Dr. Purdy enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and Olympic weightlifting. She loves to spend Sundays watching football with her husband and rescue puppy, Maleah, while dominating in her fantasy league. She also spends a fair amount of time trying to find new whole food versions of her favorite southern recipes.

HELLO

I love that Dr. P does house calls.  We went through my kitchen and outlined meal plans together to help keep me on track.

Amy J.

Dr. Purdy did wonders for me through her healthiest you program.  I started the journey just to lose weight, but ended up healing many other health issues along the way.  I'm healthier than I was ten years ago and still improving.

Gina G.

Dr. Purdy is so knowledgeable when it comes to combining traditional and alternative medicine.  She helps me know which alternative therapies are safe to try while using my diabetes medication.

Rebecca L.

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