The holiday season started with a BANG at my house. And, here we are on Tuesday feeling a bit snug.
My choices are:
1. Feel guilty for all the food I consumed.
2. Berate myself for losing control.
3. Move on.
I am choosing #3 because there is absolutely no point in feeling bad about yourself. It just leads to feeling WORSE about yourself.
And, many of my friends in the healthy blogging world are going to go ON and ON about avoiding holiday weight gain. On average, Americans gain 3 pounds over the holiday season.
My strategy: acceptance. I will gain 3 pounds this holiday season because there will be an endless supply of cookies, hot chocolate, egg nog, donuts, meat, mashed potatoes, etc. that I will not be able to avoid.
BUT, I will be proactive in trying to enjoy the treats of the holidays. My biggest eating dilemma is that I am on a "see" food diet. I see it and then I eat it. It doesn't even matter if it tastes good.
To combat my problem, I came up with the above video and strategy. The idea is to keep to the foods that I will enjoy and check in to be sure that I'm not just eating because there is a ton of food in my face.
I want to ENJOY the holidays, but I don't want to eat crap. For example, if I am approaching a holiday pot luck, I will choose the homemade cookies and not the packaged ones.
I look for things that taste the best and I don't feel guilty about indulging.
Do you have a holiday strategy that works? Please share.