Okay, first of all I'm just going to answer this right away.
You have probably seen in recent week, or will see in the next few, claims that people gain 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... or more pounds in the holiday season.
The truth is... MOST people don't gain weight in the holidays, and the people that do gain a pound or less.
BUT... holidays definitely cause us stress.
We are bombarded with party after party, cookies in the office (sometimes with the best of intentions..sometimes just so they don't eat it themselves!!!), treats mailed from well meaning relatives, and so on.
Eating like this may or may not contribute to immediate weight gain, but sure as heck can make us feel BAD.
And yet my signature program, Love Every Bite, is hinged upon the fact that you actually CAN eat whatever you want, whenever you want and maintain a healthy weight and feel great!
So how on earth is that possible?
Well, I'll share with you the first step:
Count Joy, not Calories!
When you focus on the OTHER aspects of the holiday season, your relationship with the food can change. Sure, we can also have stress from family visits or travel... but the WHOLE point of the holidays is to connect with our loved ones.
So I challenge you to focus on that this year.
What can you change in your holiday plans to allow you to focus on the JOY?
Is there one party you can respectfully say no to, to give yourself time to relax or spend with your loved ones in a more relaxed way?
While I told you last week that quality of food is important, it's not the first step. The first step is focusing on the joy. When we start to enJOY our food, our meals, our parties, and really focus on that, we actually free ourselves from the obligation to eat all the dang candy everywhere.
And to further assist you in that journey, I have two coupons attached for you to remember when you need them.
This next one upsets some people, so I want to give disclaimer... I do not advocate throwing away food.
But we also have to acknowledge that in our society, food shortage is not a problem.
We have the opposite problem: we have TOO MUCH NON-FOOD.
By thinking of foods that are not healthy, not nourishing, and not even really that enjoyable, as NON foods, it becomes easier to pass on them, or even throw them away.
If you know you need some support this holiday season to start shifting your habits to begin to enjoy the holiday parties instead of dread them, let's chat.