For most people, the holidays are a joyous time. There are family, friends, gifts, spirit, and those cringe-worthy Hallmark movies that still make you smile. There are light shows on 5th Avenue and miracles on 34th Street. The world seems to overflow with love as humans get the rare excuse to be kind toward each other. And Nat King Cole plays softly in the background as you sip peppermint tea.
For nutrition coaches, the holidays are different. Your clients typically struggle to follow the plan you decide on and can beat themselves up for months. It’s time to walk barefoot on shards of shattered glass. You’ve got to save the day.
Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. Although the holidays for a nutrition coach can be a perilous time, you don’t have to “Die Hard” or be “Home Alone” from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. Using a few strategies, you can help your clients continue to make progress rather than beat themselves up, and maintain your sanity.
In a perfect world, clients log everything they consume. They’re keeping their heads during all the dinners, bringing a scale to Grandma’s, avoiding alcohol, and enjoying a heap of stress-free family time. The quantity of food they consume doesn’t change. Chicken breast turns into turkey breast and you just swap out the rice for mashed sweet potatoes. They know the recipe for Aunt Jane’s famous cookies and track them when they’re consumed. Macros are nailed with immaculate precision and your client makes progress! They’re robotic, unemotional, and pristine.
Only 1 percent of clients will be able to execute the holidays like that. For everyone else, it’s about mitigating the damage and living to fight another day. It’s about living in the gray area on the black and white spectrum. How can they keep moving forward, or at the very least hold steady? The average person gains 1–5 pounds over the holiday season. How can you give them a step up on the resolutioners come January 1st? Give your clients these tips:
If you can get your clients to use ANY of these tips with ANY degree of consistency, they will have their most successful holiday nutrition to date. You can reward them with a gift greater than anything from any Sharper Image: the knowledge and power to enjoy a holiday season without compromising their health and wellness goals!
For more holiday tips, be sure to read our annual holiday guide, or better yet, send the link to your clients. It’s filled with tons of recipes and additional strategies to help them conquer their holidays.
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