How To Beat Temptation During The Holidays
When you think about the holidays, what’s the first thing you think of?
Time off? Family? Feasts?
For a lot of us, the first thing that pops into our minds is gathering around the table for a big meal with the ones we love.
But could you imagine Christmas or Thanksgiving with no turkey dinner?
It’s hard to think that way, when society has conditioned us to have the majority of gatherings surround food.
In fact, it’s made that the focus of any gathering.
When you meet up with a friend, what do you do? How about when you visit family?
Usually you’re grabbing a coffee, meeting for drinks, going to a bbq, or seeing everyone at Sunday dinner.
Not only has it become the focus of any gathering, but food has become a huge part of how we socialize.
Could you comfortably sit in a room with the friends you normally meet at the bar, and have easy, meaningful conversation without any drinks?
Could your family comfortably sit together at Thanksgiving with no food, drinks or distractions?
When we’re trying to lose weight, holidays are often a very difficult hurdle.
Just thinking about trying not to give in to past holiday eating habits, facing the discomfort of dieting when your favourite foods are in front of you, and perhaps wanting to be out of the sight of a few family members… can be enough to have you binging before you even get to the party.
As the saying goes, if you want to keep the same result in life, just keep doing what you’re doing. If you’ve sabotaged your goals during the holidays in the past, then it’s time to re-evaluate how you approach the holidays.
If you want a different result, you have to change your thought, feeling, and action.
Instead of approaching holidays with the same thoughts of food and the pleasure it brings you, you need to approach it with a clean mindset. One that doesn’t push you to self-sabotage and let’s you come out feeling good, lean, and fulfilled.
1. Sweat the day of the feast. The workout doesn’t have to be a cardiac killer, just enough to sweat and release some serotonin, the happy hormone. This will give you good energy and keep your mind in a healthy place.
2. Drink lots of water the day before. Staying hydrated will keep your body functioning well and metabolism running.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast or lunch. Starving yourself isn’t the answer. Eating wholesome healthy foods will keep you feeling full through the day and not give you the feeling of scarcity at the big feast.
4. Think about three things you can do to keep yourself from eating too much. For example, if you see yourself getting seconds, chew a piece of mint gum and start a conversation with a friend or family member to avoid unconsciously eating more than you need to.
The holidays are a great chance to face a challenge and overcome it. You’ll be so happy you made the effort, I promise!
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