Giada De Laurentiis Reveals Her 5 Secrets for Keeping Sane During the Holidays

Giada De Laurentiis has got your back this holiday season. The holidays are stressful, no matter what you do or don’t do.

The novelty after Thanksgiving of office get-togethers, overindulging on food and drinks, gift shopping, meal planning, visits with family, and the constant “be of good cheer” holiday music starts to wear thin on most people . . .by early December!

Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NYCWFF

It’s true even for celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. That’s why the Everyday Italian star is sharing the five ways she copes with the not-so-relaxing holiday season in her dazzling Giada’s-got-this-covered way.

Find out the strategies De Laurentiis leans on to get through the festivities.

Giada De Laurentiis says just keep moving

Giada likes to keep her yoga practice going strong during the festivities. It helps her remind her body that there’s more to what it should be doing than just digesting food.

The 49-year-old said this week on her website, Giadzy, “Our workout schedules can get a little bit foggy during this season… and that’s ok! You might not be going to all your regularly scheduled classes or hitting the gym as much, but you can still take advantage of little moments to get moving.”

“I like to do simple yoga moves in the middle of cooking (a quick Warrior 3 pose in the photo above!) to keep my blood flowing and my body from getting sore. It can be as little as going on a walk (a good excuse to see the Christmas lights!), doing a little dance, or even doing a few jumping jacks to warm up your entire system.”

De Laurentiis suggests trying intermittent fasting during the season

There are so many ways to practice intermittent fasting these days. There’s 5:2, which is eating reduced calories for five days and higher for two days. You can also try eating just one meal a day. Finally, there’s the method De Laurentiis likes using.

“I’m a huge fan of intermittent fasting, and setting a guideline for yourself can make it easier to not overindulge. I recommend trying overnight intermittent fasting for 14 hours . . . and giving yourself a 10-hour window during the day where you can eat.”

“This gives your digestive system a break to rest and repair. . . The key is to do it for one or two days, then take a day off. Give it a try!”

She likes to have a nutritious shake in the mornings

“During the holidays, you can have strings of days in a row that you’re going out to lunches with family and attending parties at night – basically, you give up a lot of control over your diet!”

“For this reason, I think it’s a great idea to load up your breakfast – one meal you can control – with lots of nutrition. That way, you know you’re at least getting one meal that’s fueling your body for the better. My current favorites are my almond strawberry smoothie, and ginger green smoothie!”

De Laurentiis has learned to slay the sugar beast

It’s true, this one hurts. A lot. But, as De Laurentiis says, it’s good to keep trying to cut down on the sugar for so many reasons.

“Take it from me, a total sugar addict – I fully understand how hard it is to limit consumption of sweets during the holidays. . . my tip is to embrace fats instead of sugar at holiday gatherings. . . they’ll fill you up and actually keep you full, without the sugar crash!”

“Of course, it’s best to choose healthier fats when possible- olives, hummus, etc. . . it’s always smarter to eat more fats and nutrient-dense foods as opposed to going crazy on the sweets.”

Her trick for keeping hangovers away

Finally, the Food Network star shares her nifty trick for preventing a wicked hangover from taking the bling out of your holiday.

“My trick is to always alternate between a cocktail or wine with a glass of sparkling water – the worst parts of a hangover are due to your body being dehydrated, after all. . . while I still like to embrace the celebrations, I always limit it to 3 drinks tops.”

Enjoy the holidays and take good care of your health, all year long!

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