If you are serious about permanent weight management then waiting until January to “start your diet” probably isn’t a good idea. When you have the right mindset towards food, your weight, and body image then you don’t have to do anything different during the holidays than you normally do. The reality is, there is always a holiday, event, party, etc that leads us to overeating. I think it just catches up to us more around the holidays because we use the holidays as an excuse to over indulge.
5 Ways to Change your Mindset
Old Way of Thinking: I can’t wait to eat all the good food at the party
New Way of Thinking: I am going to try and focus on fun and friends
Old Way of Thinking: I don’t care, I’m getting tipsy tonight
New Way of Thinking: I’m going to choose some “lighter” drink options and drink water in between because I don’t want to pay for it tomorrow.
Old Way of Thinking: Everything looks so good I can’t wait to try them all.
New Way of Thinking: I’m going to try 3-4 things that look really good but I am only going to have a small portion, eat them slowly (so I enjoy them), and balance the rest of my plate with other food groups.
Old Way of Thinking: I’ll eat whatever I want and burn it off at the gym tomorrow.
New Way of Thinking: I don’t want all of my hard work at the gym to be for nothing. I will eat smaller portions but eat slowly and enjoy my food. Plus, I know it’s easy to out eat my exercise.
Old Way of Thinking: We can just leave the food out for everyone to keep munching on.
New Way of Thinking: Let’s put the food in the fridge so it won’t spoil as quickly and it will be out of sight, out of mind.
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