I don’t know about you, but the holidays are always a time filled with family, friends and a lot of junk food. Typically parties abound; whether at the office or with friends. Food becomes the focus of the holiday season and the office or home kitchen is filled with candy, chips and assorted snacks – some healthy, some not. So when you look at yourself in the mirror when all celebrations are concluded what can you do to avoid the post-holiday season exclamation, “Good G-d, what’d I just do?”
When you are trying to eat healthfully and everyone around you is eating proverbial “junk” food, it can be quite challenging. You may give in to temptation and eat the junk or you may choose healthy options. The point being, you have a choice to make and peer pressure to combat.
It is normal to want to indulge however you want to avoid too much of that as it may result in lower energy levels, weight gain, and/or feelings of unhappiness. You must do what is best for you. And an easy trick to avoid over-eating at a party, eat a healthy snack before you go so that you’re not starving at the party. Not being hungry will assist in making better choices.
The irony is that sometimes our relatives or coworkers do not understand when we pick the healthy option and they feel we are denying ourselves. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In their eyes, you’re not enjoying if you’re not partaking in the overeating that everyone else is doing. It’s not always easy to hold true to yourself and it can take time and practice. But when you get on the scale the next morning, know you avoided that overindulgence stomach ache, or feel energetic to face the New Year, then how do you feel about the choices you made?
Be Present | Be Purposeful | Be Well