Christmas is just around the corner and we all know what that means: FEASTS! I used to be one of those people that feared gaining weight during the holidays so I starved myself, or thought “I’ll start my diet after the holiday”. Thinking back, it was silly. These strategies led to me eating like it was my last meal 🤪. Yes, the food was amazing and the friends and family even more so. It did NOT have to PAUSE my health. Instead, having guidelines kept me from regressing. Everyone is different; some of the guidelines I still use include 🍛 Eat normally before the party
If it’s a lunch party, have breakfast🍳🥑🍞. If it’s a dinner party, I’d have at least lunch🍱 if not also breakfast. Doing so, I won't stuff myself during the event.
🤔 Eat until satisfied. Not full
By paying attention to my hunger cues, I know when I’ve had enough food. Generally I eat to 80% full then stop. This way, I’m not hungry, but I’m crazy full too.
🍴 Eat slowly by putting down utensils between bites 💧🥗 Always have vegetables and water during meals From there, it was practice. Initially, it was hard. I had to constantly remind myself what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. It was like playing mindgames with myself 🤯. Over time, it got easier. These days, it’s second nature. I still have “off” days but the majority of my days are spent guilt-free!