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Don’t fall into the trap of the “Season of Overeating”! That’s what I call the time from Thanksgiving through the New Year. It’s a time when all our good intentions to eat healthy foods in reasonable portions go by the wayside.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s think this through for a minute. We spend most of the year controlling our portions and feeling good about ourselves. Then we let a month of indulgence undo all our good work. It doesn’t make sense. So why do it?
I think the holiday season has a bunch of traps built in that make it easy for us to let go of our good intentions. So here are my tips to help avoid overeating this holiday season.
#1 Stop the “I already failed” attitude!
I think this is a big one for almost everyone who is trying to eat better. Once you take that first decadent bite of something you know you “shouldn’t have”, you figure you’ve blown it for the day – or the month – and give up.
Stop! Don’t give up! That one bite does not have to launch an avalanche of overeating! So you cheated on your plan a little bit. It’s your plan and it is allowed to be flexible for special occasions. Eating better means choosing a healthier lifestyle. It doesn’t mean controlling every bite that goes in your mouth. So give yourself permission to have a little slip-up then get right back on track. You’ll probably enjoy that delicious bite of something more when you give yourself permission to have it.
#2 It's ok to have traditions - But don't make excuses
The holidays can make it easy to overindulge in foods we love because we know that’s the only time of year we’ll get mom’s famous corn casserole! Don’t let that excuse derail your plan. At the same time, don’t play the martyr and deny yourself the foods that are part of your family holiday traditions.
My family was amazed at what they saw on my plate this Thanksgiving. That’s because I decided to let myself have what I wanted from the holiday table. I normally live a very clean lifestyle by eating foods that are mostly good for me. So I decided I deserved a day of decadence.