I am writing this on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. How does your body feel? Hopefully great!
However, if you’re like many of us, you may have over-indulged, and your clothes now feel uncomfortably snug. Or you may have eaten foods that don’t agree with you, which can cause discomfort. Or, heaven forbid, you got on the scale Monday and felt bad about yourself.
After off-track eating, you may feel icky physically – bloated, puffy, constipated, gassy, or congested. Or you may feel mental torture – guilt, low self-esteem, or discouraged. If so, you may be able to get right back on track with eating comfortably. Or you may be someone who decides “to hell with it” and you stay off-track until January when it’s the season of new resolutions and diets. Does this winter pendulum behavior fit you?
I could choose to avoid the topic of holiday overeating, as it may not be fun to pay attention to it. However, if you overindulge or eat uncomfortable foods, and don’t feel good about it, then this is a topic worth exploring!
Why do we sabotage our healthy eating?
For many many reasons! You may have a family who overeats on holidays (or all the time). Some of us experience difficult feelings on holidays or around family, and eat as a means of comfort or escape. You may fall on the spectrum of “disordered eating” and the holidays derail your best efforts.
Routines are different, there’s more time off work, and high-fat high-sugar holiday food is everywhere, from Halloween through the New Year. These are just some of the reasons we fall off track. And if you do, you are SO not alone.
So what is on-track eating?
Every woman is unique in what it means to eat “on-track.” It may be low-carb, ketogenic, vegetarian, eat-everything, a special diet, among many other eating styles. To me, on-track eating means your comfortable eating style. Specifically, eating that makes you feel good in your body and your mind. With no judgement or self-criticism.
If we women care about how we feel and look physically…
Does this mean we hate our bodies and are victims of the misogynist media that says we should all look the same? Absolutely not. You can care about how you feel and how you look in an empowered and self-loving way. I invite you to embrace this and model it for other women and girls, and your daughters. It’s time to stop perpetuating the self-criticism. Girls are inundated with this from day one. Let’s change it, and cultivate feeling good – whether that means strong, healthy, sexy, beautiful, robust, svelte, curvaceous, hot, and much more.
10 Tips to eat comfortably and feel good over the holidays
1. Respect yourself.
Whatever you need for your comfortable eating style is what’s right for you, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This means if you’re comfortable with a “way of eating” or with guidelines, you get to follow these. If your comfortable style is to have no restrictions then do that. Remember, the bottom line is eating in a style that makes you feel good in your body and in your mind. Only you know what this is.
2. Don’t eat for others.
If you hate broccoli you don’t have to eat it at your friend’s house. If you want to avoid dessert you don’t have to eat it to please your co-worker. Lose the shoulds and the have-tos. No one can force you to eat anything, and you don’t need to apologize for what you don’t like or want in your body.
3. Make reasonable plates!
If there’s a zillion dishes at a potluck or dinner party, you don’t have to try everything. Remember #2, don’t eat for others. Plus, there’s always food, you won’t die if you decline some that is simply too much in quantity.
4. Remember your physical self-care.
Even if the season is busy and routines are different, you still get to move your body. You still get to stretch, do yoga, exercise, sleep, and simply breathe.
5. Maintain your mental/emotional self-care.
Whatever you do now to destress, keep it up or even do more! Meditate, read a novel, watch some comedy, spend time alone, get a massage – whatever it is that calms you down and centers you.
6. Lose any negative self-talk.
It simply sabotages your ability to feel good. Rigidity, criticism, guilt, and all that stuff that just brings you down.
7. Limit your time with stressful people.
If you need to see people that stress you out over the holidays, think about making the time shorter. Who can you avoid entirely?
8. Get a new holiday outfit!
One that make you feel gorgeous in your own unique way. Or more than one outfit.
9. Cultivate self-love and let it grow.
Compassion, empathy, gentleness, acceptance, unconditional. Extend it to others and watch them shine and bloom.
10. Don’t wait for January!
Don’t wait to love yourself and feel good! Do it now. Why not?
I’d love to support you – please add your ideas, thoughts and questions below,