Ah, the holiday season. It's an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry .... a time to overindulge. It doesn't matter if you overdo it now—you'll do a cleanse and go to hot yoga every day come January, right?
Let's face it: it's not just the over-eating/drinking that's potentially a problem this month. It's also the late nights, the missed workouts, the skipping of meals so you can stuff yourself at parties, and the general busy-ness that occurs for most of us from Thanksgiving through New Year's.
It's no wonder most of us feel like crap when January rolls around!
But what if you were to approach December differently this year? What if, amid all the merry-making, you were to pay extra attention to your well-being? What if you nurtured yourself this holiday season instead of planned to punish yourself in January for all of your holiday indiscretions?
Here are 5 simple ways you can do just that:
1. Stop dieting.
That's right: be done with the mentality of "I'm going to overdo it today, then eat way less food (or no carbs or sugar, etc.) tomorrow (or next week or next month)." Our bodies don't respond well to the cycle of binge-and-restrict.
It makes much more sense to find a sustainable, health-promoting way you can eat today and from now on. Note that this does not mean you won't be able to go to holiday parties, and it also doesn't mean you can't have some cookies or toffee or some booze. You can and should eat and drink what you want and you shouldn't feel bad or guilty about doing so!
I find that when I eat about 85% whole, nourishing foods and about 15% everything else, I feel great and I never experience any sort of deprivation. Give it a try.