I ate more than usual over this four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and I can tell. My jeans are a little tighter and I am feeling bloated.
The good news is I know that this is temporary and that with a little focus and consciousness today, I can easily get back on track.
The other good news is that I could have been so much worse! Because my parents, who were visiting, are health-conscious, too, we were able to pare down the holiday menu and make some smarter choices. My Mom made the stuffing with toasted Ezekiel bread and I mashed the sweet potatoes with only a little fresh orange juice and grated rind. Both were delicious and much better for us than the traditional recipes.
I also got in all my planned workouts, which made a huge difference in my motivation this morning when the alarm went off way before the sun came up.
Where I need to refocus is on portion size, and on using what Dr. Judith Beck calls my resistance muscle where snacks and sweets are concerned. While the olives, cheese, and cashews I was indulging in are healthy, they are also high in fat and salt. And I have found in the past, that sugar can trigger cravings that have sent my eating spiraling out of control. I am so glad we threw away the rest of the pumpkin pie last night!
Here are some things you can do stay on track—and get back on track, if necessary—with holiday eating:
- Where you have control over the menu, provide healthy foods.
- Forgive yourself if you do indulge.
- Acknowledge and celebrate where you are successful.
- Figure out what you need to do to get back on track.
- Create a plan that you can stick to.
- Remove temptation—throw, give, or put away those things that trigger overeating.
- Exercise your resistance muscle and just say “No” to yourself.
- Reach out for support to a friend, coach, or accountability group.
- Remind yourself of all the reasons you do want to feel great on January 2nd.
It is not the end of the world if you ate more than usual over the holiday weekend. It’s over and done with. Today is a new day to make new choices that better align with who you want to be.
Together we can do it!