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Let’s face it, trying to get through the holidays without taking part in the onslaught of delectable, eye catching, sugary treats or overeating and feeling like a beached whale, is an unrealistic goal. To avoid a bad situation, here are a few tips to help get you get through the holidays without regrets.
Create realistic goals.
Goal setting can be an important tool to assist you in achieving your desires; however setting a too challenging of a goal in an already challenging situation is a great way to set yourself up for failure and lower your belief in your ability to succeed in the future. Instead of creating a goal like, let’s say, “I will not eat dessert at Thanksgiving,” or, “I will not eat more than 1500 calories at dinner,” try instead to ask yourself a question such as, “I wonder what it would take for me to fully enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner and not eat to the point of feeling horrible this year?” Removing expectations and approaching your desire from a more playful and explorative angle will create more ease for you and, in turn, help you reach your goal in a more enjoyable way.
Slow Down & Chew your food.
When you slow down and chew your food thoroughly, you are able to notice the flavors, smells, and textures more. You’ll find yourself either enjoying what you eat more or selecting not to eat something that really isn’t living up to your expectations. Slowing down will help you identify when you reach full sooner and chewing your food well is a huge part in the digestion process, making processing easier on the rest of your body.
You are not saving starving children by cleaning off your plate.
Were your eyes bigger than your stomach? That’s okay, you really don’t have to eat all of it. All those food memes you’ve heard about cleaning your plate, because there are starving children, are great methods for keeping ourselves stuck and feeling horrible about ourselves. Choose to listen to yourself instead of some made up story passed around society that only results in self-inflicted guilt.
When your enjoyment stops, stop eating.
There comes a point when the amount of enjoyment you receive from what you are eating is far lower than how horrible continuing to eat makes you feel. Check in with yourself every once in a while and ask yourself, “Am I still enjoying this?” If not, stop eating.
Don’t beat yourself up over it.
Sure, you ate too much, but beating yourself up over it could trigger a snowball effect, where you eat even more, because you feel horrible about it. Once in the over eating emotional loop, it is difficult to go anywhere but downhill. Choose to be alright with your choice and remember the moment, so you can escape repeating undesired behaviors next time.
Walk or Waddle
Going for a walk after your meal or even a short waddle, will aid in digestion and help to stabilize blood sugar. Don’t worry, you can still take a nap after your walk!