Starting yesterday #last90days is everywhere in my social media feeds, have you seen it too? Honestly, I couldn’t be happier about this trending hashtag.  From what I can gather it was started last year by Rachel Hollis author of Girl, Wash Your Face and it seems to be inspiring thousands. 

So what is it?  Essentially it is asking you to finish the year strong.  Instead of doing the senior slide through end of the year and using “all the holidays” as an excuse to eat poorly, drink excessively, over spend, stop working out, and essentially transform yourself into a giant pile of excrement that you will “fix” in the new year, you make a conscious effort to live well.

Before you moan in defense, “but all the holidays…,” let’s take a little perspective. Yes, there are holidays, big ones that have traditions, expectations, and often time challenging emotions that come with them.  But those holidays are only a handful of days in the next 90 days – like less than 10%. Now I am not saying you shouldn’t celebrate, nor am I saying that starting or maintaining healthy habits through the end of the year will mean family tension disappears. But when you are mindful about your choices, the celebration might feel a bit more celebratory and I haven’t met anyone whose stress and anxiety levels haven’t improved with good nutrition and self-care.

Make it your goal these last 90 days of the year to eat balanced meals, include healthy movement, drink water, and take time to recharge (even if it is only 5 minutes). When it comes to celebrating, think about the thing you most look forward to on that holiday and ENJOY it. Studies show there is happiness in anticipation.  So think about that Thanksgiving stuffing (or whatever it is for you), enjoy it on the day, and remember it fondly until next year. Planning also helps to minimize feelings of guilt.

You could also think about changing up some holiday traditions. Cookie baking is one that comes to mind.  In my family it seems there are always more cookies baked than can reasonably be eaten and isn’t it really about spending time together, not about the cookies?  Consider spending an afternoon making batches of soups and stews that can be shared instead.  Big batches can be made in slow cookers, instant pots or on the stove and divided into jars to take home (plus most freeze well!). This give everyone a head start on what to eat for dinner to maintain balance during the busy season and can even stock the freezer to bring memories of the day you shared into the new year.

If you need help, ideas, or support finding ways to finish your #last90days strong, schedule an appointment with me.  Together we can strategize eating in balance, what to say to family or friends that don’t understand, and plan for those worth-it indulgences.  Now that is something to celebrate!  

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