Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, etc. It is that time of year again. Filled with parties and celebrations and lots of food. This thought can put any steadfast dieter on high alert. But it doesn’t have to be that way. First off if you do refer to what you eat as a “diet” I would suggest changing the word or the thought behind it. The word diet usually comes with a program and a start and stop date. I like to think it the terms of protocol or nutrition.
But that is beside the point. I want to talk about the food. We go to all of these events feeling a little apprehensive because we label food as “good” or “bad” categories. Instead of thinking in these black and white terms, focus on the planning. Make a commitment to yourself before you go out; what will you eat, how much will you eat and let the rest of it go. This also includes alcohol. Know before you go what you will drink and how much. If you are committed to yourself and your protocol it is ok to indulge; if that is what you choose to do. Don’t let the holiday weight gain “happen” to you. it is all in your control.
When you plan with your prefrontal cortex it makes follow through much easier and dependable. Go with the intention of having fun without food. Enjoy the atmosphere, the people and the experience. There is so much that is missed because we are focused on what is going on at the food table. Or deciding what we should try next.
Let this year be different and skip the weight gain. Don’t wait for the New Year to start making true habit change.