In my last post, I talked about WHY you should enjoy the holiday without feeling anxious about food. In this post, I’m going to tell you my number one secret for HOW.
When it comes down to it, the biggest sabotage and most common stress factor is the presence of guilt. The issue is not having guilt in the first place. It’s how long you dwell on this guilt. If you spend the entire holiday season feeling guilty, you’re not going to enjoy it and you’re going to find it more difficult to stay on track with whatever goals you’re working towards.
What to do Instead
Instead of holding onto the guilt you feel after eating your favorite holiday cookie, try letting that guilt go. You can do this by changing the way you talk to yourself. When you feel the guilt, acknowledge that it’s there. But instead of feeding into and telling yourself things “You’re so fat” or “You just ruined your entire diet” “This is so bad, why did I do it?”, try saying things like “That was delicious” and “That made my day” and remind yourself that you’re only human. Recognize that your favorite cookie isn’t just your favorite because it’s delicious. It’s probably your favorite because it’s been a part of your family’s traditions. It’s ok that food means something to us. Traditions are what makes the holidays extra special and comforting. Without the food, we wouldn’t have that. So forgive yourself for whatever choices you make. Be kind to yourself, let go of the guilt, and move forward.
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