Thanksgiving is over. We had a great thanksgiving at our house. I talked last week about being mindful during Thanksgiving. I was mindful. I didn’t stuff my face and get overly full, but I did eat. I had a little bit of everything and it was delicious. I made a Paleo cherry pie to eat instead of the normal sugar filled desserts. It’s not low carb, but it also doesn’t have all the sugar a normal cherry pie would. Days later, it’s still uncut, Lol. While very pretty, almond flour crusts just aren’t the same. Here is a picture of my Paleo cherry pie.
Anyway, I ate all the carbs and all the everything, just not in great amounts. I will tell you, I felt terrible the rest of the day. My stomach was grumbly and I had a headache. Since I had so many of the things that I wouldn’t normally have, I can’t pinpoint what it was. I told myself that I was not eating any of the leftovers on Friday. Well, guess what? All the leftovers were at my house. I ate the leftovers Friday and felt terrible again. Why did I do that? The great thing is though, is that I know what I like to feel like. So, by Saturday, I truly was over the leftovers and ready to eat normal and healthy again. I didn’t want my face and hands and really my whole body to look and feel puffy.
Today, I want to talk about balancing health and nutrition during the holiday season and really all the time. Instead of thinking about being on a diet during the holidays, just focus on being healthier. Think about the nutrition of what you eat, and that mentality can make losing weight during this time a lot easier.
Why You Should Stop Calling it a Diet
The word “diet” is only as dangerous as you make it, but it does tend to have negative connotations. Many people associate it with being starving, restricting yourself, and eating nothing but salad and carrot sticks. Instead of doing that, think more about being healthier and eating nutrients that will improve your physical and mental health, while also losing weight in the process. You just need a different mindset in order to help you lose weight over the holidays.
Stop Counting Calories
Another thing that can help when you are focusing more on the nutrition and not on a diet is by not counting calories. You want to be educated on portion sizes and having balanced meals, but counting calories is a chore and something that gets old fast. Not to mention that it gets hard to do when you are at a party or social gathering where you really have no idea what the calories are for food and drinks. Instead of doing that, just consider the ingredients of the food or drink when deciding if it is something you should consume.
Choose Winter Fruits and Veggies
When deciding what to eat during the holiday season, think about what is in season during the winter. This can help you form a new connection between the holidays and healthier foods, instead of only thinking about chocolate and sweets during Christmas. For example, some fruits and vegetables that are popular and in season during this time are pears, cranberries, apples, pecans, almonds, Brussels sprouts, acorn squash, and green beans. These can all be used for some super healthy meals and side dishes, even incorporating them into your Christmas dinner.
Take the Pressure Off
When you put too much pressure on yourself to eat a certain way during special occasions and holidays, it makes it that much harder. Just be casual with it, focusing on your health and telling yourself you are simply trying to eat better. The end result usually is that you will lose weight, but you won’t feel like you tried very hard or that you did without during the process.
All of these things I’m still learning myself. I do know one thing for sure about myself and that’s when I put so much pressure on myself, it backfires on me. So, this season, try to focus more on health and nutrition and less about “diet.”
Have a great week! Talk to you soon,