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How to Not Overeat During the Holidays
The holidays are a time of friendship, family, travel and food (lots of food). But being around tables of sweets and gallons of egg nog doesn't mean we have to give in to temptation or delirium and devour everything we see. The holidays should be a time of peace, not stress. So here are a few tips for how to not overeat during the holidays.
Carry a totem
- Sometimes having something in our pocket, pocketbook or wallet - such as a photo of yourself at your former (target) weight or a place you want to go to celebrate your weight loss success - can serve as a simple reminder that our efforts are worth it in the end. Pull out this totem when you feel the urge to over-indulge to remind yourself of the path to your destination.
- "Do I want to feel strong and confident or do I want to feel guilt for the next hour?" Every obstacle we face is an opportunity for us to succeed. Before you show up for the next holiday party or Christmas Eve dinner, take a moment to ask yourself who you want to be that evening, as that will be the person you can be for the rest of your life. It's always your choice.
- Being around family we only see once a year or being in a familiar childhood home can trigger a flood of emotions and stresses, many of which can spark emotional eating behaviors. If you can bring with you a state of forgiveness - toward others and toward yourself - you can greatly reduce the trigger points that may cause you to over-indulge in unhealthy foods or unhealthy behaviors.
Don't forget yourself
- When you're filling out the dozens of Christmas and holiday cards you send friends and family each year, don't forget about yourself. Write yourself a note and mail it to wherever you are, even if you'll be traveling this season. It's a chance for you to check in with yourself about the things you do right and what you have in your life for which you are thankful.
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