7 Tips to Help You Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season
So, if you are anything like me, you know this is a damn struggle. Every year, without fail. I lose my mind when it comes to the sweets. And the savory if I’m being honest. Over the years I have learned a few things that have helped me stay on track. Don’t be fooled, I still fall way off the track and down the hill sometimes. But that’s because I’m a damn human!
- Just Eat It! Enjoy the treat. Missing out on it will only make the cravings worse and you will eventually binge eat your entire pantry until you find something that satisfies that craving the way that treat would have. One treat, enough to satisfy that craving, is better than 12 treats that didn’t. Just eat the treat!
- Keep it moving! Don’t let your treatcapades (definitely made that up), be the end all be all for your goals. Still go for the walk, go to the gym, or play with the kids outside. Or DON’T! Turns out, you don’t have to earn your food.
- Make it yourself! I’ve done Keto a gazillion times. So this time of year I would see the brownies, cookies, cakes and all the other deliciousness that is fall at Publix and I learned if I find an alternative and make it myself, it still satisfied that craving. Even if you are not on a restrictive diet, making the treat yourself will most likely have less calories. AND, you will know what’s in it!
- Plan! Meal prepping or just planning your meals for the day/week will help you stay on track a lot! There have been so many times where I have used that damn phrase from my childhood, “We have food at the house”. The difference now is, its my money I’m saving, not my moms lol.
- Drink Up! Water, that is. Yeah, not too exciting. The more water you drink, the more full you feel. It doesn’t necessarily have to be water, although that’d be best for your body. It can be 0 calorie drinks. A liquid with no calories and minimal ingredients will help you feel full until you are ready to eat.
- Get Mental! I would always argue with myself (sometimes internally, and sometimes outloud..ssshhhhh), about whether or not to have the cheesecake. It will ruin everything. If I eat the cheesecake, I might as well go to that pizza place down the road. If I don’t have the cheesecake, I’ll have the calories for my deficit. I had to remember, it’s a day. It’s a treat. One treat doesn’t make you gain 5 pounds overnight. If you do see an increase the next day, it is water weight and will go away with some form of activity, or over time.
- Love Yourself! I was reading a book the other night and the author wrote, “Anytime you’ve found yourself faced with and impossible decision, I’ve found it useful to ask yourself this: What feels the most like self respect?” She goes on to say, “Sometimes, ensuring you’ll like yourself again in the morning is the most important form of self-care we have.”
So, during this season, know that a miniature Snickers doesn’t need to derail your goals. A slice of apple pie is not going to make you gain 5 pounds over night. That quick trip to Wendy’s while Christmas shopping is not going to halt your progress. Be kind to yourself. Mentally and physically.
Share this with anybody you may feel needs to hear this. Also, please comment and let me know what your tips are. I am always looking for ways to be creative. As I mentioned, I am a damn human too!