You are making progress on your healthy living habits and weight loss and then comes Halloween…and Thanksgiving…and Christmas. The 3 month Eating Marathon. So let’s start with Halloween and get through that first.
Holidays should be fun and enjoyed, but it doesn’t mean you need to fall into old habits or overindulge because our culture has made it a ‘thing’ to do.
The reality is, if you have been reducing your sugar intake, you are best to avoid it as the more you have, the more you crave it. However, not participating in the season isn’t very fun, so here are a few strategies to enjoy the holiday without losing all form of self-control.
- Make sure you are eating healthy meals that are filling and include some protein in snacks. If you aren’t hungry, there is less reason to want treats.
- Bring yourself other ‘treats’, like chocolate energy balls, homemade granola bars or smoothies. These can be can be very sweet, but lack the processed sugar, keeping you closer to your end goal.
- Decide ahead how much you will eat. Choose a few pieces and be strong as if they were gifted to you. If the candies were presents, you wouldn’t feel like you need to take all the other presents for yourself (I hope), so treat the candy as the same.
- Make yourself some trail mix with nuts and dried fruit. You can even add a few smarties in, so the fun is in your snack as well. (It’s better than eating 20 small boxes of smarties).
- Have tastes of it, but eat slowly and realize if you are actually enjoying it or just eating it because you feel like you have to.
Sure they are bite-size and sometimes will call you by name, but as with any dietary control, this is about you knowing and believing that you are in control of yourself. It’s all in your head. Once you can control your mind, you can conquer your body.
I’ll end with this excerpt from Self-Discipline quoted by Zero Dean…
“Like a muscle, the more you exercise self-control on a consistent basis, the stronger you get.
As your self-control increases, the more you gain the ability to direct your life in a manner that is congruent with the true you.
The more congruent your actions are with your thoughts and feelings, the better you feel about your self and the decisions you make.
Every time you feel good about the decision you make, it raises your self-esteem and your self confidence. You also reinforce in your mind what you are capable of and it makes it less difficult to make similar decisions in life.”
Discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don’t want to do, in order to get a result you really want to get.- Andy Andrews
Dawn Joseph is an Online Personal Trainer who just spent 6 months volunteering in El Salvador where there is always a reason to celebrate with a Piñata, so she knows first hand about candy everywhere.