And so it begins….
The Holiday Season.
An “all or nothing” mentality is deadly this season. Mistakes might be made. They can NOT dictate the course of the rest of any day. Get your bearings and get back on track. Here are some ideas for getting back on track.
Mistake: Eating a candy (bar, corn or other). What if you eat a whole bag, you may ask. Well, you can’t eat a whole bag without eating the first one. Do something about it then. Have ideas in mind for this very moment, the moment before you take the next bite into oblivion.
Remedy: drink 16-24 oz of water immediately. Just do it. Don’t think about it.
Remedy: eat good quality protein a.s.a.p.
Remedy: do at least 20 minutes of exercise, even if it’s running in place. (dancing around, etc…)
Mistake: Buying a bag of some kind of Halloween candy.
Remedy: give it away!!!!
Remedy: lock it up in the trunk of your car until you can give it away!
Remedy: take it to an old age home and give it away! (I can’t bring myself to suggest giving it to children.)
Remedy: Throw it away!! No regrets. The money is negligible. It’s trash if you eat it or not. It does not feed your body, therefore it’s “waste” from the first bite.
Mistake: Going to a holiday party hungry. (Really the same as letting yourself get overly hungry any time… it makes it too hard to resist the instant brain fuel that is pure sugar.)
Remedy: Plan ahead and don’t leave your house without an acceptable form of nutrition. At the moment I’m liking Lara bars and the Shaklee Cinch bars. I’m not a bar fan, but these seem good enough and are easy to keep in the purse.
Remedy: Eat regular meals. Eat fat and protein and carbs and make sure to be well fed before you go to a party. Slow burning fuels.
Remedy: McGyver it! Look around the party. You can probably put together a nearly healthy plate no matter what. Mix and match, dump the crusts, whatever you have to do to diffuse the bomb!!
Remedy: Water!! Drink it and then keep on drinking it. Keep it with you at all times. At a party, keep your glass or paper cup full of it. Yeah for water!!
This is how I’m starting the month. Trying to be prepared and focused. I’ve already been sorely tempted. I almost talked myself into letting it be okay to have just a little candy. Not possible for me. Not yet. No such thing as an off switch for those little devils. Even after they start to taste like the strange polymer that they are… Get thee behind me, Candy Corn!
Who else is avoiding candy all together? Who can manage to eat it in moderation? When is the first party?
I really want to support anyone else who feels the “weight” of the holidays and the threat to their diet. For myself, I believe this month can make me or break me for the rest of the year.
I’m in a good place so I’m excited for the challenge!