November 1st arrives, and suddenly every event revolves around eating and drinking. Cocktails after work, appetizers with friends, parties with neighbors... healthy eating rules go out the window.
And it's hard to say no. Friends and family back you into a gingerbread-filled corner, where declining feels like you're rejecting them. People who lunch on salads the rest of the year start pushing Nutella fudge and eggnog like they're working on commission!
Combine that with the stress and hectic schedule of the holiday season, and it's easy to fall into a cycle of overindulging and regret—not to mention that fueling your body with challenging, inflammatory foods interferes with everything from your mood to your immune system.
Want to hear some great news? The holidays do NOT have to mean stress-fueled binges, adding extra pounds, or feeling hungover the last two months of the year.
Here are 7 easy ways to navigate the holidays: