5 Anti-Candida Holiday Party Tips
Here are 5 holiday party tips to make your season a little easier to navigate:
Sometimes, it’s hard to socialize when you’re trying to eat healthy, much less fighting Candida! Holiday parties don’t naturally lend themselves to our efforts of avoiding sugar and alcohol.
1. Bring a yummy anti-candida dish to pass
Many holiday parties feature bread, pasta, and sugar-rich foods that you have been staying away from during your Candida fight. This can be really hard to be around during the holidays.
It takes a ton of energy to say no to delicious foods that you love every two seconds at a party where everybody else is eating and drinking everything without a care in the world and encouraging you to join them.
You have two choices here:
- Give up. Eat everything. Feel horrible the next day and start over with your Candida fight, having begun a cycle of inflammation that’s difficult to combat and having gone way backwards in your healing journey.
- Cheerfully eat the beautiful, tasty, Candida-fighting dish that you brought and share it with others as they say with a surprised look on their face, “This is delicious!”
2. Make your drink special with a wedge of lime or lemon
I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most difficult things about the anti-candida diet was avoiding alcohol. I’m not a big drinker by any means, but when I go to a party, I like to have 1-2 drinks. I love the flavor of a good chardonnay or pino noir. And I love to stand around socializing with a drink in my hand. It’s just nice.
Well, even on the anti-candida diet, you can stand around socializing with a tasty drink in your hand! Every bartender worth his or her gigger has lemon and lime wedges ready to go. Just get some water with lemon or lime (I like lime at a party- just seems more festive to me) and drink that. Request it in a low-ball glass so it looks and feels and looks more like a mixed drink in your hand.
3. Focus on soul-feeding traditions (primary foods)
Many of us self-soothe with food, and the holidays can be a hard time for lots of folks. This is when we need to be especially mindful of our need for primary foods. Primary foods include:
- Spirituality (prayer, meditation, yoga, etc.)
- Exercise/regular physical activity
When we’re well fed with primary foods, we tend to have less on a need for self-soothing with sweets and other Candida feeding foods.
4. Show up well-rested
I know this is a lot to ask for at the busiest time of the year, but it’s so very important. Certain things CAN be left undone if it’s a choice between that and getting adequate sleep.
Humans need at least 7 hours (preferably 8) per night to be well rested and at their best. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to say no to sugar when you’re not sleepy!
Say no to extra activities like last-minute gift wrapping at night. Save it for the morning or delegate if you can.
If you’re sleepy, how can you show up for others, and how can you resist that amazing mint cookie on the dessert table?
5. Participate in the day’s festivities
Maybe you have a hard time seeing all of the delicious foods sitting out on the buffet at a party. You are forced to look at them and keep saying no. It can take a surprising amount of mental energy to do that. Here are some ways in which you can remove yourself from the food situation while remaining at the party and enjoying yourself!
- Whatever fun activities the kiddos are doing… join them!
- Start up a soccer game
- Put some music on and dance with your hubby and/or friends
- Take out a board game or card game
- Maybe that’s not what you’re used to, but it will be something out of the ordinary for you and tons of fun! Plus, it will take your mind off of the foods that you’re trying to avoid.
Most importantly, don’t let the holidays be your excuse to sabotage all of your hard work!
You can do it!
I believe in you!!!