Eating healthy can be especially challenging when the holidays arrive. Food is often used to celebrate everything. It’s so hard to find the perfect balance of enjoying the holiday with family and friends and not sabotaging our progress. When we go overboard and eat too much, especially sugar, it just makes us feel bad. Planning ahead is my key to success.
Since I am gluten and dairy free, it helps me to avoid lots of the candy and other treats. But I decide before the holiday arrives that I will not allow myself to go overboard. The more sugar that we eat the more we want to eat. Instead of allowing myself to have an “unlimited” supply of candy and sweets, I decide before I go what I will eat. Tomorrow, I will have a serving of chocolate or candy. I will enjoy it and then it will be over. I will not make bad decisions and sabotage my progress. I’ve worked too hard to feel better to make myself sick again with bad decisions. Because I know that one bad day of eating, can make me sick for a week. It’s just not worth it to me.
So here are my best tips for enjoying the holiday, while still staying on track.
- Decide beforehand what to eat.
- Measure out portions.
- Exercise some time that day to burn those extra calories.
- Drink more water.
- Enjoy the treat without guilt.
- Get away from the food. So often we snack without even realizing it.
- After the holiday, discard the leftovers. Don’t take home extra servings of cake or candy.
With kids, I know it can be tricky. Just try to make the best decision for them as well. They don’t need tons of candy either. Sugar is highly addictive. So just beware. Once we are mindful of our actions, it just helps us to make better decisions.
Have a wonderful Easter!
Love and blessings,