Hi everyone!!! Hope you all are having a great start to the week! Well… I can’t believe it’s almost here!! December has absolutely flown! It feels like yesterday that T and I were sitting at our Thanksgiving dinner and I cannot believe that it will only be a matter of time before we are closing out 2016 and bringing in the New Year!
It’s always around this time of year that most Americans gain those dreaded few extra pounds. Combine the huge Thanksgiving dinners last month with a whirlwind of Christmas parties throughout the whole month of December, along with those holiday treats at the office and many will see a change in their physique by the time January arrives. This of course, launches us into that New Year’s phase where everyone in the world floods the gyms and starts their diets… only to do what??!? Yes, to do it all again the next year. I’ve recently been thinking about this and believe there is no better time than now to share a mindset that will help keep you on track this Holiday season.
Often in my blog posts and/or emails, I will give a few tips or tricks that you may find helpful. As I was thinking more about this season, I realized that there is really only one thing that will get you through the season. Rather than me telling you to cut out the sugary drinks, not go to the parties hungry, and to watch the carb intake, I would prefer to hold those thoughts and solely focus on one thing – moderation this holiday season! Don’t get me wrong, all of those tips are great and will definitely provide success but rather than having you hold on to that weight of restriction, I would rather you solely focus on changing your mindset to focus on moderation. Of course, you are going to indulge a little bit around the holiday season and you should; but what you can start learning and practicing now INSTEAD of waiting until January is moderation.
Moderation is such a valuable lesson you can take with you for the rest of your life. Once it is mastered, you can go anywhere, at any given time and never have that overwhelming feeling of overeating, the need to diet, etc.
Moderation is definitely not EASY. It is saying goodbye to the second serving of cookies, but allowing yourself the permission to enjoy all of the foods you want, in small amounts :). It has its hard moments but if you are eating moderately, you will be able to enjoy everything and that is what it is all about. I have always admired my Grandmother because my whole life, she has been a walking example of moderation. I don’t think I have ever seen her overindulge! You can tell she enjoys whatever she wants, whenever she wants, but she never overdoes it.
I try to think of moderation as choosing the things I absolutely can’t live without. For example, there are a few types of Christmas cookies that my mom has made year after year that I feel as though I cannot live without!… so I don’t! If you live with the idea that you CAN’T have something, human tendency is to want it more. Indulging moderately and then moving on is the way to go. Don’t let food be the enemy this holiday season. Focus on the Reason for the Season – its not food!! So enjoy each and every minute and just keep moderation in mind!!! 🙂
p.s!! I wrote this while eating THE MOST amazing clean, gluten-free orange cranberry loaf – coming to the blog this week! Stay tuned!!