Yes, you read that right!
When it comes to restricting yourself, it sucks to think about it. Trust me! I know we have all been there. Restricting yourself is not easy nor is it fun. During the holidays, I give you permission to eat what you want (as long as you don't have food sensitivity/allergy or are doing an elimination diet like I am (yay me!)). You're going to be surrounded by cookies, pies and cocktails and all in social settings. If you're anything like me, you have this plan about what you're going to avoid and what you'll stick to at parties. But, it all goes out the window and you tell yourself, you'll start once the holidays are over (New Year's resolutions here I come!).
But, here is a little secret, the weight gain in the winter isn't just from the few parties you indulged at but from the rest of the year living in an environment where food is available all day/every day. Please don't feel bad. We all do it. It's very easy to get off track.
It doesn't help that the holidays provide stress from all angles. You have to live by an 80/20 rule when it comes to eating. So 80% of the time you stick to what you know is good and healthy for you and 20% of the time you indulge and treat yourself. Diversity is key when it comes to food and health so try something new and keep the selection changing. Seasons have a wonderful way of showing you what your body needs at that time of the year.
Now if your scale tips in another directions during the holidays, don't fret! You're human and enjoying yourself is literally the reason we are all here. Be happy. Don't get mad at yourself for eating too many cookies. If you have negative emotions when eating a certain food, its going to cause stress on your body. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/diet-weight-loss/emotional-eating.htm
5 ways to indulge without feeling guilty:
1) Eat the cookie. Just do it. You'll feel better. Yes, it's sugar and tasty and good. Just don't eat the whole platter.
2) Make sure you're eating real/full meals every 3-5 hours. Stay satiated so you don't fill up on just stuffing and pie.
3) Eat an apple before going to that party. It will help you from reaching for the treats right when you get there.
4) Don't drink on an empty stomach. It's like sugar overload and you're body will respond better if you've eaten something beforehand.
5) Plan your detox ahead of time. Prep your kitchen with the healthy foods you need to feel better the next day and have cooked food handy in case you're hungover and can't go outside.
*Being prepared is the best way to be successful when it comes to sticking with an eating plan.
Please let me know if you'd like to learn more about why I am doing an elimination diet during the holidays.
Digest your emotions with a plan for the new year by working with me =)
In love and health,