Around the merry holidays, I often eat more (do you find yourself doing the same thing too?). But often more of junk food like cookies, donuts, candies, popcorn, truffles, etc. Not because I want to, but it just happens…seriously…unconsciously.
One of the main reasons is that my body needs the fuel to keep warm from the coldness of the weather. Then come the holiday parties – with company, friends and/or families. Most likely, a few friends will come to towns for visits and I will end up eating out a lot. Ultimately, it comes down to accessibility. Laying around home and office are gift baskets from friends, baked goods from families, tins of popcorn from coworkers, boxes of chocolates from clients. It’s right there, calling for my name.
So what MUST I do to avoid reaching for them? 5 Ways that work for me and might work for you too.
1. Reinforce, repeat, and remind oneself:
2. Sweat it: go for a run, take a long stroll around the neighbor, cycle to a destination, re-energize with a yoga session, throw some balls with the little ones, put up the Christmas lights and shower the house with Christmas decor. Whatever it is, get a good sweat. Those cookies won’t crawl into my guilt much longer.
3. Out of sight, out of Mind: give it away, tug it away, throw it away, or rebox it if necessary. Just do it so it is out of vision.
4. Be generous: share…share…share. Holiday is all about sharing. Sharing is a sign of showing love and caring. Why not? It also cuts portion in half to avoid over eating. Hahaha…kill two birds with one stone. Way to go!
5. H20 to the Rescue: this rule should applies to 365 days. Water keeps me feeling full. Or tea works too (for me). Keep a bottle near by desk. Bring a bottle during shopping. Put a bottle in car. Just don’t leave the house without one. Don’t forget to refill it.
This year gives yourself the best Christmas present yet…your Health.