3 Tips to Find Balance through the Holidays

How are we halfway through December already? The holidays are right around the corner! It’s one of my favorite times of year, but it’s always filled with an overload of parties and treats.

Here are a few simple tips for more balance through the season:

3 Tips to Find Balance Through the Holidays

Remember that diets fail

Restricting food or telling yourself “you can’t have that” leads to feeling deprived and bitter which can turn into throwing in the towel, binge eating and self-sabotaging your goals.

Drop the term “diet” and focus on filling up with as many good foods as possible! You can save room for a few indulgences.  When you fill up with nutrient dense food, you are less likely to crave the junk.

Remember how you feel on good food

This is a powerful lesson that your body can help you with. When you remove junk, your body REALLY notices how crappy it makes you feel when you add it back in.  Have you had that experience?

It can be really helpful to remind yourself that yes, you CAN eat that giant piece of cake with 3 scoops of ice cream, but you might have a stomach ache later or crash and feel bloated or exhausted.  Did you know the first bite of an indulgent food is the most flavorful and satisfying? Could you share with a friend instead of overdoing it?

Remember to slow down

Do you take a moment to look at your food before eating? You should! It only takes a few seconds but it allows your brain to register that you are consuming a sufficient quantity of food and it helps you feel more full and satisfied.

Slowing down to notice our food and fully enjoy it is a small part of learning to eat more mindfully.


In the January Reset challenge this year, we’re going to focus on intuitive eating and learning to listen to what our bodies are telling us. (Check out the results from the last reset here.)

New to the challenge this year:

  • Fast, effective workouts for beginner –> advanced from a personal trainer
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There are only a few earlybird spots left… use code “earlybird” for $10 off.  Join us here! (You can also give the Reset as a gift for a friend!)

Also, to answer a FAQ, the reset can work for paleo or vegetarian diets.  I include options and recipes for both.


How do you balance the temptation to overdo it at the holidays?

Have you tried intuitive eating?

26 thoughts on “3 Tips to Find Balance through the Holidays

  1. These are great Laura, especially “remember how you feel on good food.” I feel so bad when I eat certain foods and drink, that it’s not difficult at all for me to stay the course during the holidays when it comes to food. I need to be more strict about slowing down and not taking on too much. Saying “no” has always been a tough one for me, but I just remind myself that it’s best to not fill my time with mindless “stuff” and that I need to do things that serve myself and my family.

  2. My favorite tip of the three is remembering to slow down.

    I always make a point to try and eat my meals without any distractions: no tv, no books, nothing but good old fashioned conversation if anything. I like to focus on how my food looks and tastes so that I can enjoy every bite! I balance temptation by not denying myself anything — it’s a matter of portions. So if I want that flourless chocolate cake, I can have it, but I’ll probably only have a few bites and then I’m perfectly satisfied!
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  3. These are great tips Laura, balancing can be hard during the holidays, and I can already feel the pressure that I know will come up against me with overdoing it with eating. I love reminding yourself how eating good food feels, thats a good one to keep in mind.

    I will be running 80mpw, so I have a little buffer, but that does not give me the go ahead to eat whatever I want. I will try to stay controlled, and remember if I want to run my best, I do need to keep controlled. Thanks Laura 🙂
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  4. It’s so true about the “junk” food. People think I’m depriving myself from pies or cookies but I truly just don’t want to eat them because of how they make me feel afterward. And the “first bite” thing is SO true! I’m definitely satisfied with a nice piece of dark chocolate that is bite-sized. I’m usually too full from dinner anyway and don’t end up eating dessert when it’s put out!!
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  5. Great tips – thank you, Laura! I especially love the tips on focusing on how you feel after eating stuff. It’s tempting to eat all of the desserts at a party but I’ve realized that too much sugar leaves me feel sluggish and gives me a stomachache. Reminding myself of that helps me indulge but not overindulge.

    I’m following a 5K training plan until my next half marathon training starts to keep myself balanced this season. The plan is relatively low mileage (25-35 mpw) so it’s manageable during the holidays, but the emphasis on speedwork and strength training will keep me in shape over the next few weeks. Plus I hope to gain a bit of speed before my next half :).
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  6. Such good tips…I definitely need to work on some of these, because I almost always over do it on Christmas. It tastes so good, but this year I definitely need to work on slowing down, really enjoying the food, and be more intuitive. I know I can do it this year. Will report back later…LOL
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  7. Hi Laura! This is my first time stopping by. I love your tips, they are short and to the point. I KNOW I feel better when fueled on good food. I always get into the treats on the weekends and during the holidays, but I’m always sure to fill up on the good stuff before anything bad hits my tongue. Happy Monday to you! Here’s to a healthy and balanced week!
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  8. Great tips! I try to place myself away from the food. Once I’m talking with friends and family I won’t want to break conversation to get more. I’m bad when it’s at my house and I’m prepping the foods though because there is far too much sampling going on!

  9. I think it is hard to avoid eating badly over the holidays for the simple fact that it can be rude to “not sample” a host’s cooking. However, I think quantity is where one can make some improvements. To fill up on as many of the veggies one is offered and try toning down the quantity of the less healthy choice. However, now and then, a good splurge is nice too. At least on Christmas Day, I feel anything goes 🙂
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  10. Great tips!!! Key for me is remembering how I feel on good food, like you mentioned. And my goal is to fill up on veggies rather than too many carbs this Christmas 🙂 Thankfully, when I’m pregnant I feel full so much faster, I’m hoping feeling full will keep me from over-indulging, too!
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