How To Use The Holidays For Your Wholefood Journey
The Importance of Staying Whole For Christmas
Instead of thinking about Christmas as a big cheat holiday for your whole foods lifestyle, you should instead remain on the diet and instead re-think what Christmas means to you.
It is important to actually stay whole throughout the entire holiday season, and here are some reasons why.
You Can Lose Weight Instead of Gain
If you are someone that tends to lose weight in the new year because you gain so much during the holidays, then it is a great time to stay on your whole foods lifestyle.
During the holidays, particularly when Christmas approaches, you can get on the diet and avoid all those temptations.
This means you will be eating healthier, primarily lean protein, fruits and veggies, and avoiding cheese, dairy, chocolate, sugar, and many other ingredients that aren’t good for you. Instead of gaining holiday weight, you will actually lose some pounds.
It Helps You to Prepare For Your New Years’ Resolution
Another excellent reason to remain on the whole foods diet during Christmas is because it will help prepare you for your New Years’ resolution of losing weight and getting healthy.
By sticking to the plan for Christmas, you don’t feel like you are having to start over on January 1st.
This makes for a very smooth transition and keeps you from feeling like you are giving everything up just because the new year has started. You will be a lot more successful by continuing with it even during Christmas.
You Are Able to Avoid Sugary Treats
One of the biggest temptations you have to deal with during Christmas is that there are a lot of sugary treats.
All forms of sugar, with the exception of coconut palm sugar on occasion, are prohibited with most whole foods diets, including Whole30.
If you stick with this lifestyle during Christmas, you will just avoid the temptations and won’t even think twice about not eating these types of treats. It makes it for a much healthier holiday season.
It Puts a New Perspective On What You Can Accomplish
Also remember that when you stay on this type of diet or lifestyle during Christmas, you are basically getting through one of the most difficult times of the year to be on any type of diet.
There are so many things that tempt you, from stocking stuffers to that big Christmas feast, that if you can get through this, you can certainly get through it after the new year is over.
Should You Start the Whole Foods Diet During the Holidays?
You probably already know that sticking to a lifestyle like eating whole foods only during the holidays is a bit tricky, but actually starting it during the holidays is something else entirely.
This information goes over some basic recommendations for starting this type of dietary and lifestyle change when Christmas is right around the corner.
Think About Your Main Reasons
To help you figure out whether or not starting a whole foods diet during the Christmas holiday is a good idea, think about your reasons for choosing this option.
Perhaps you want to eat better, reduce your sugar intake, lose some weight, and encourage your family to switch to this lifestyle.
These are all actually really great reasons to start it during the holidays. By bringing some whole food dishes to Christmas dinner, you are not only helping to reduce temptations of the other dishes, but might even encourage your family to join it with you.
Benefits of Being Whole During the Holidays
You can also think about some of the benefits of eating whole foods, particularly during the holiday season. Here are some benefits to think about:
- It helps you to learn how to read ingredients labels
- You eat less processed and packaged foods
- It teaches you how to cook healthy from scratch
- You can lose weight or avoid holiday weight gain.
- It is a good way to prepare for the New Year
Try to Start Before the Holidays Begin
If you think starting right in the middle of the Christmas season is going to be a little too difficult, then try to start it before the holidays begin.
If you can start either before Thanksgiving, or just after Thanksgiving, it may be a little easier to stick to when it comes time to choose treats and dishes for stocking stuffers and Christmas dinner.
Be Fully Prepared For Holiday Eating
Make sure if you decide to start a whole foods lifestyle right before Christmas that you are prepared for the changes in holiday eating.
Gather some whole food recipes for Christmas dishes, make sure you know what you can and can’t eat, and inform he host of any parties you are attending about your restrictions so they can provide you with something you can eat.
There is a lot more planning that goes into this type of lifestyle, but it is well worth it if you can stick to it.
How Being Whole On Christmas Prepares For Your New Years Resolution
New Years is the perfect time to start fresh, especially when you want to live a healthier lifestyle and try a whole foods diet.
However, you don’t need to wait for January 1st to start the planning. You can actually use the Christmas holiday to help you get ready for your New Years resolution of weight loss and being healthier.
You Will Be Adjusted to Your Diet
A great reason to start the whole foods lifestyle during the holidays is because by the time you are ready to start the new year, you will already be adjusted to the diet plan.
That way, if your New Years’ resolution is to lose weight and get healthy with Whole 30 or another version of the whole foods diet, you have already begun and it will be a very easy transition for you. This is a lot easier than waiting until January 1st to get started, when it can be a little bit overwhelming.
The Whole Foods Diet is a Healthy Lifestyle Change
Being on the whole foods diet is a major lifestyle change, not just a diet.
With that being said, you want to gradually transition into it, instead of just starting cold turkey one day.
Many people do just start on day 1 of the plan and do it perfectly, but if you are someone that tends to quit things when you do it that way, you can gradually start making changes during the month leading up to New Years’.
This means starting it around Christmastime, such as the day after Thanksgiving. It offers you plenty of time to get adjusted to the lifestyle change.
You Don’t Gain Holiday Weight
Gaining weight during the holidays is a big problem many people face.
You might get less physical activity being off from work or school, tend to eat larger amily meals and lots of sweets, and might even drink a lot of your meals with egg nog and cocktails during parties.
If you want to avoid holiday weight gain so that you don’t have quite as much work when the new year begins, you can help to manage your weight by starting earlier.
You Gain Confidence in the Program
Since you are starting the whole foods lifestyle around Christmastime, you will have a lot of confidence in how well the program works by the time your New Years’ resolution begins on January 1st.
Not only will you have probably started to lose weight as a result of the dietary change, but if you can get through Christmas on it, any other time of the year should be a breeze.
New Year Planning: How to Prepare For Whole 30 After the Holidays
The holidays can be a difficult time to stick to a whole foods lifestyle, but not impossible.
This is a really good time to start planning and prepping for the new year. Here are some easy tips for preparing to do Whole 30 after the holidays are over.
Get All the Gadgets and Tools You Need
Christmas is a great time to start planning for being on a whole foods diet in the New Year, since you can ask for certain tools, appliances, and gadgets you will need to prepare your meals.
You are going to be cooking most things from scratch, so basic cooking and baking essentials should be added to the list. If you get any money or gift cards, you may also want to use some of those to get anything left before January 1st arrives.
Have Plenty of Recipes Prepared
Also make sure you have all your recipes collected and ready to go following the Christmas season.
Another thing you can do with those Christmas gift cards is to buy some cookbooks about Whole30 or the whole foods diet.
Getting some cookbooks on Paleo can also be helpful since it is very close to this diet, with some slight variations.
Remember you don’t want to have any cheese or dairy when you are on a whole foods diet.
Involve Your Kids in the Planning Process
If you think your kids will have a difficult time adjusting to the whole foods diet, involve them in the planning and prepping process.
While they are off school during Christmas break, you can go shopping with them, choose some recipes together, and do meal prepping and cooking for the diet to begin in the New Year.
Involving them is an excellent way to get them more on board. You can even switch to some of the whole foods during the holiday season to get them a little more used to some of the changes.
Include Some Last-Minute Meal Ideas
Not all of the meals you are going to prepare will be something that takes you hours to do.
Certain days of the week, you are busy and simply don’t have the time for an elaborate meal. Aside from using your slow cooker or cooking ahead of time, you may also want to find some meals that are quick and easy to make on the spot.
Include some foods for lunches, breakfasts, and full dinners that won’t take you a lot of time.