How to Prevent OVEREAT During the Holidays!
The holidays are a time of increased socialization, where we connect with family and friends at parties and gatherings with lots of food and cheer, but being around tons of appetizers, sweets, and gallons of egg nog doesn’t mean you have to give in to temptation and devour everything in sight.
How often have you arrived at a holiday party stressed-out, shopped-out, and worn-out? It’s no wonder we end up overloading on the caloric offerings and saying to heck with our health!
We talk a lot at Vfinity about physical health and wellness, but during the holidays, it’s important that we also talk about our emotional health. The decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, card writing eventually takes its toll, leaving us exhausted. The fatigue increases stress in our bodies and that stress ends up creating a vicious cycle of binge eating to increase our cortisol and allowing our brains feel-good fight or flight response mechanism to take over.
Prevent stress and fatigue by:
Get a good night’s sleep.
Adequate sleep will improve your energy and mood.
Stick to your exercise routine.
Get in 30 minutes of exercise daily. (Break it up into 10-minute segments to make it more attainable for yourself if necessary.) A simple way to get in a workout is to do a few laps before you start your shopping. (In your walk, you might even find a better deal.)
Take Time Outs
Carve out 15 minutes each day just for you. Take a brisk stroll after dinner and enjoy the nighttime winter stars. Book a 15-minute chair massage for your back, neck, and shoulders, or just close the door to your bedroom or office for some quiet “me” time. Turn on some calming Christmas music, breathe deeply, and restore your inner calm. You’ll emerge refreshed and ready to handle the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Watch Your Alcohol Intake
It’s fun to socialize over holiday cheer, but one drink too many can take us places we don’t want to go to…….like the buffet or appetizer trays. Plan ahead and commit keeping a close eye on your alcohol intake. Alcohol decreases your inhibitions and has the ability to take away your good decision making abilities regarding food choices. your Drinking less also means you’re less inclined to go overboard on the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cherry cheesecake.
Load up on Veggies
Stave off the temptation to eat the pastry puff appetizers coming your way by filling your dish with cut veggies and other healthy fares offered at the party.
If there’s an appetizer you’re dying to try, just have one. JUST ONE. Then kindly tell the server, “That’s all, and please avoid me from here on out.”
PREP YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE SELF-TALK, SUCH AS:
“This party could put me in a tough situation, but I have a plan and I can handle it.”
“I’m going to this party to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. This is the reason for the party, not food.”
“I may be tempted, but that’s normal. I’ll practice some relaxing breaths, surround myself with good company and laughter, and wait for the urge to pass (because it will pass).”
INCREASE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND CONTROL BY TELLING YOURSELF:
“I can handle this. I have a plan. I’m in control.”
“I’m here to celebrate the holidays, not to binge eat.”
“I’m going to find a friend – someone who always makes me laugh. That’s far better than eating another cookie from the dessert table.”
“I’ll enjoy everything else at the party like the music, the decorations, the hugs, and my friends and family. If I binge at the buffet and start feeling stuffed and lethargic, I’ll miss out on all these amazing moments.”