“Ughhh why did I eat that second cookie last night?”
“Did I really need that bread before dinner?”
It is safe to say just about everyone has these types of thoughts all the time – I call it food guilt. Food guilt occurs year round but definitely heightens during the holiday season. There are SO many parties and gatherings filled with all types of foods (usually not the healthiest options) and plenty of cocktails.
So how do you avoid food guilt?
Unfortunately, this feeling is very hard to avoid and takes a long time to master, but luckily for you, there are better ways to deal with it…
How you deal with food guilt will be what defines you during this season, because truthfully, when we try to put too much control over food, it usually causes a spiral in the wrong direction. Putting such emphasis and control over food takes the pleasure out of eating and who wants that?! You want to truly enjoy every bite.
As a health coach, I work to help others create sustainable healthy lifestyles. I don’t believe in diets or calorie counting. I believe everyone has to live a balanced life. I believe in the concept of the 90/10 or 80/20 rule. Therefore, I believe you should indulge around the holidays – I mean, you don’t get your Grandma’s pie just every day!
In order to tackle food guilt you need to tune into your body. Learning to listen to your body is the greatest tool you can use…
Okay, so you listen to your body the next morning and you hear those negative thoughts, what do you do?
Think about the positives – seriously, take a minute to take a deep breath and maybe even write it down! Did you spend quality time with people you care about? Did the cookies or pie taste amazing? I dare you to think of two positives. Today is a new day – learn something from how you felt. Maybe you did overeat and physically did not feel good, so next time, remember that ‘not so good’ feeling as you approach the dessert bar for a second time. Did you enjoy the first cookie? Yes.. Do you need the second? Maybe not…
When are you done reflecting, move on. Do something for YOU and get back into the game. Maybe for you that is a workout, a healthy meal, or a good time with friends and family…
Always remember one night isn’t going to kill you so be kind to yourself.
If you are interested in learning more about tackling food guilt or want to hear more about my coaching packages, contact me, I would LOVE to hear from you!
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