With the frigid temperatures and bitter winds keeping us indoors during the most festive time of the year, we ultimately find ourselves tempted with a bonanza of tasty snacks and sugar-coated cookies. Family, friends and colleagues seem to consistently fill our work desks and homes with holiday goodies around the holidays. And if you aren’t already in the habit of being able to pass up the delectable treats, it will be difficult to start doing so now. But we don’t want you to stress out about over-eating this Christmas. We have a better idea.
On average, Americans tend to gain maybe 1-3 pounds over the holiday season. Not bad, right? Therefore, we shouldn’t let having a few cookies and filling our plates at Christmas bring about so much anxiety. We can let ourselves indulge, a bit.
Moderation is Key! And we have a strategy.
We don’t have to deprive ourselves of the sweet gratifications surrounding festive occasions. We can treat ourselves in moderation. When Aunt Rosie brings out the pecan rolls, sugar cookies and honey-glazed ham, there’s no need to run out the front door or start thinking of a polite excuse to not indulge.
We can allow ourselves enjoyment of the foods that we think we should altogether avoid. By keeping these impertinent tips in mind this Christmas, we can delight in knowing we don’t have to completely dodge the good stuff.
Ask yourself FIRST…Are you really hungry?
Prominent food bloggers at Foodsense.net suggest keeping in mind basics written in “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, by “making peace with food”. By asking ourselves a few, pertinent questions before indulging in high-calorie, scrumptious delights, we are less likely to feel guilty and shameful about it afterwards.
Eat the Healthy Foods First
Before jumping in and satisfying your sweet tooth, make sure to grab an apple, banana, or a few celery sticks first. I know, I know. I said to give yourself permission to indulge. Well, you can. But, you don’t want to OVER-eat the goodies. This will help you to feel fuller, therefore, reducing the amount of sweets you eat, diminishing more guilt and pounds!
We want you to enjoy the Holidays! By making sure that you are indeed hungry and giving yourself healthy, wholesome foods to start with, you will, ultimately, eat less of the sweet stuff without the added anxiety.