Are you feeling jolly this season or are you hoping the Grinch actually succeeds in stealing Christmas, dreading the impending dinners and celebrations that will inevitably ‘break’ your diet and completely ‘ruin how good you’ve been lately’? Or have you decided, ‘to heck with it, I’ve been meaning to start my diet every Monday since last New Years, so might as well splurge until 2019 and then start ‘fresh’”?
Our culture seems to have developed the idea that in order to be successful, you have to be perfect, flawless, the very best at what you are pursuing, and never make a mistake. And, if you do not succeed at achieving perfection you have failed, and as punishment it is considered normal to beat yourself up about not being perfect. This mindset is something that has worked its way into our area of work: All-or-nothing nutrition, all-or-nothing exercise. You are either on the wagon or off the wagon, on track or off track, dieting or overeating/binging. There simply is no acceptable in-between, but yet we have normalized the two extremes (dieting versus overeating/binging).
Have you ever thought to yourself?
I’m going to be eating a big supper later. I’m not going to eat all day so that I don’t have to feel guilty about over-eating later. I should probably bring my stretchy pants for this one!
It’s fine I’ll get back on track in the New Year. I can only start over with a clean slate.
Omigosh, I’ve eaten so much bad food. I might as well just keep eating.
I don’t want to put on holiday weight!
Sound familiar? All or nothing thinking can be problematic in many areas of your life and this mindset can be damaging to your relationship with food and your body.
Here are some helpful tips for having a happier and healthier Christmas season:
Listen to your internal cues of hunger and fullness and trust your body to tell you how much to eat.
Eat. Don’t restrict just because you anticipate a huge meal later. Honor your hunger as you feel it, which may mean you eat less at your family dinner but you will enjoy it so much more when you aren’t feeling guilt, shame or discomfort from over-eating.
If you eat past the point of comfortable fullness or indulge in treats, that’s okay because you have made the choice to eat food that tastes delicious. Continue to listen to your body and honor it’s hunger cues after this.
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Escape Dieting: Creating Happy Healthy Food Relationships
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