Holidays and Diets: Can They Get Along With Each Other?
Santa Claus cookies, gingerbread men, fruit cakes, candy canes, . need we go further? Hey, it's the holidays. We don't know about you, but some of us here have started our new diets ever so proudly, and .whoooops! The holidays are upon us! Ouch! Now what do we do?? What comes to so many people's minds who are on the diet train? "The holidays are going to be a total struggle because, although my favorite foods will be featured attractions on so many tables, it will be others indulging and not me." or "It's the holidays! Why bother? The diet can start when the new year makes its debut." Those who can adapt with a mindset that exists somewhere in between those two extremes are in the minority - yet it's those few individuals who get through the holidays just fine and still lose weight or, at the very least, don't gain more than a pound or two.
One thing we want to make clear: yes, it's the holidays. It's a festive time of year - and it's supposed to be. So let's decide right here and now that this does NOT have to be an "all or nothing" situation for you. As a matter of fact, you can use this holiday season as a vehicle to prove to yourself, once and for all, that "failing" with your eating plan is not an option. Yes, you can do this! And it doesn't have to be difficult.
One thing that needs to be acknowledged is that, for most who are on a diet of some kind, the threat (yes, that's what it feels like) of deprivation sets in. You have to face the truth in this. You know, that little voice that screams within you, "Oh no! I'm in for an uphill battle - I just know I'm going to want all those foods I see on the table, and I certainly do not want to be bothered with having to say to myself, "No, you can't have that!" We all have that little retaliator within us that answers back, "Oh no??! I'll show you - don't tell me what I can't eat.I'm going to enjoy myself and no diet is going to ruin it for me!" And, of course, the other part of you says, "Bad! You're going to get fat!" Sound familiar? It's okay. relax. Instead of approaching this holiday season with this kind of mindset, let's do it differently this year. You know it is possible to enjoy yourself and still enjoy results, too. It's not necessary to approach the holidays in a state of panic. Rather than thinking, "what am I cheating myself out of?" think "let's see, it's the holidays.I'm going to be tempted with lots of goodies.
The truth is that I have a choice in how I go about this. If I'm realistic about this whole thing, chances are pretty darn good that I'm going to indulge. But this doesn't mean I have to give up my concept of eating healthy." .
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