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Alright friends, it’s that time of year again. The holiday’s. Where food, delicious, indulgent food is all around us all the time. I’m going to break this into two parts since there is a lot to cover here. Today I’m going over:
How to handle ALL the options at holiday parties
How to deal with not eating ALL the apps/platters
How to approach multiple parties in a day or weekend
First things first, although these holidays / gatherings are special occasions, the food isn’t TRULY exclusive. You can have most of this food any day, any time if you really wanted it, so quit thinking this is your only chance to have it. Practicing balanced eating does not restrict foods any day or any time of year. You can have pumpkin pie in July if you want. This isn’t your only chance to eat this food! Putting these foods on a pedestal is the #1 mistake you can make. This gives WAY too much power to food and you know what happens when you do that? Typically, you lose control, you overdo it and then feel horrible, both physically and mentally. So start by giving ALL food an equal playing field.
Second, use foods you are super drawn to as ideas for meal prep/snacks! That stuffing really calling your name? Cool, have a little bit of it and make a point to look up a healthy recipe for it to meal prep with next week! Can’t stop with the cheese & crackers? Well, take a step back and get yourself some cheese and crackers to portion out next week for snacks. Like I mentioned above, the more you avoid something or see something as ‘bad’, ‘special’ or ‘off limit’s’ the more you’re just going to lose control when it’s in front of you. Remind yourself it’s just food and you can always have it.
Third, how to manage multiple gatherings in one day or weekend. Honestly, just be selective! Think of this as you are choosing the all star team of foods. Questioning something? Pass on it. Only choose things you know you %100 love and will make your heart and belly happy. Also, just continue to remind yourself how you want to FEEL after it all. ‘Oh I’m glad I stuffed myself on food I didn’t really enjoy’ said no one ever. Small portions of your elite line up of foods, drink lots of water and make one mindful decision at a time.
Lastly, tying into all of these instances, SAVOR your food! Chew slowly, really enjoy each bite. Put your fork down between bites. Try not to hang out by the apps/platters when you’re catching up with your relatives. Grab some of your faves and go sit down. BE MINDFUL. If you happen to be there by the food, grab a seltzer, diet soda or chew a piece of gum.
That’s it for today, next week I’m going to cover baked goods/desserts, cocktails/drinks and eating seconds & thirds.
Hope this was helpful and as always, click that reply button if you have any questions or comments! I always love hearing from you.