Hello you guys!
Holidays are wonderful, but I know that for some of us they come with an uncomfortable side effect. Whether it’s Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays – it’s always the same. One day later social media is filled with posts from people feeling guilty about indulging over the holidays. This seems to affect almost everyone; not just people in the fitness/health/wellness industry. And there’s one thing I have to say abou this: Relax!
I think we have it so wrong when it comes to this. Holidays are NOT the time to count macros, portion-control, or cut indulgent foods from your diet. These special occasions are a time to let your hair down, relax, enjoy spending time with your loved ones, and just LIVE. Think about it. It’s one meal, one day. It won’t make a difference. One indulgent meal/day won’t make you fat, just as one healthy meal/day won’t make you skinny. One lazy day won’t make you lose all your progress, just as one workout won’t make you fit.
It matters what you do MOST of the time. If you count up all the holidays and special occasions you have within a year, it probably won’t be more than 20 days. What do you think matters more – what you do on those 20 days, or what you do on the other 345 days of the year? It is ridiculous to beat yourself up for those couple of times per year. Even if you have a “cheat meal” or a treat every single week, that still leaves 313 days a year for eating healthy, working out, and all that good stuff.
So why do we stress so much over the foods we eat on special occasions? That is the WORST time to be obsessing about your food choices. Holidays are meant to be a break from your routine, they are meant to be a relaxed and enjoyable time. And as you can see from my example above, they don’t carry any weight over the course of a year. Even if you are passionate about health, wellness, and living a healthy lifestyle, remember that these things are meant to ADD to your life, not take away from it.
The worst thing that’s gonna happen from you overeating around the holidays is that you feel bloated and uncomfortable for a couple of hours, and that feeling’s gonna pass. Just drink loads of water and take it easy. You’re gonna be back to normal in no time.
Another concern you might have is your house being filled with treats you got over the holidays. If you’re the type of person who can’t resist treats if you know they’re in your house, get rid of them. I hate wasting food more than anyone, but eventually you’ll have to realize that your body is not a trash can. Only feed it with the things you really WANT to eat (including treats). But don’t feel obligated to eat something just because you have it. You can always find someone to give those treats to who will really appreciate and enjoy them.
So these are my main tips. Relax, enjoy the holidays, enjoy special occasions, enjoy spending time with your loved ones, and enjoy eating delicious food. Healthy eating and discipline are for the other 313 days of the year. Holidays and special occasions are meant to be a break from all that. I hope this helps!
Now tell me . . .
Do you struggle with overeating or overindulging on special occasions?
What are your best tips for staying calm and enjoying holiday treats without guilt?
Please post your advice in the comments below. We’d all really appreciate your insights!
And of course if you have any questions about this topic, just leave them below. I always respond.
Have a beautiful day!
Lots of love,
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