The holiday season is always a struggle for me. Not just because of temptations foodwise, but because of family and other stress. But it’s definitely difficult to stay healthy when there are constant temptations and parties. Here is my approach to the holidays in regards to staying healthy.
My biggest tip is not to completely deprive yourself. I used to go to parties and not eat ANYTHING and then would come home and break into a pint of ice cream. What?? It makes no sense, but it’s a mental thing–I realized it’s better to enjoy myself, listen to my body, and feel good instead of worrying about food and then letting it get to me when I get home. However, this is not saying to go CRAZY at parties. I personally have a very sensitive stomach, and eating too much/eating rich food will put me in a world of pain later on. So I try to treat myself a little, but be cognizant of what I’m eating. This usually means sticking to one plate of food, but getting what I think looks good and indulging a little, which for me is always having a few cookies or some chocolate (or both!) If I’m really still hungry, I’ll have more, but try to wait it out to avoid overeating.
Overeating happens sometimes. You can be enjoying yourself and you accidentally eat too much because you’re not paying attention. It happens to everyone!! So when you realize you are overly full, just stop eating and realize it’s not the end of the world. It’s not good to make a habit of overeating, but stressing will only make things worse! My tip then is just to hydrate and plan to get in a good sweat the next day. Do NOT weigh yourself the next morning!! It will only bring you down and your body will be holding onto extra water weight.
Most of all it’s important to enjoy the holidays! I know I will be drinking more than I like and eating out more/eating more in general, but I think that will just motivate me to make the off days count more. During the week, I try to really focus on eating mostly clean and getting all my workouts in and saving the treats for the weekends when I know I’ll have special events to go to. And if something comes up and I miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world.
The whole point of this post is FEELING GOOD. I don’t necessarily want to constantly overeat and feel like crap all the time, but I also don’t want to be stressing all the time. There IS a middle ground. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you should “give up” on your normal health and fitness routine, but you also shouldn’t deprive yourself!
Hope this helps a little for anyone who struggles with food stress.
Until next time, xoxo.