While staying in control of your eating is harder during the holidays, the good news is that when you manage to do so, it feels extra great! The harder it is to stay on track, the more positive feelings you get as a result of doing so. Remind yourself that staying on track during a normal day feels good, but staying on track during a holiday feels AMAZING!
Our diet tips provide daily motivation and problem solving to help you stick to your diet plan. It’s an extra bit of motivation to help you start your day right.
If you get off track at any point this weekend, IMMEDIATELY RECOVER!! You can wind up feeling so proud of your ability to get back on track instead of mad at yourself for slipping up.
Remember that treating yourself after a long day with extra food is ultimately a trick, not a treat, because it gets in the way of you reaching important goals. That being said, there are many other ways to treat yourself if you’ve had a hard day! What are some nonfood ways that you treat yourself?
Sabotage: I just want to eat everything I want in whatever quantity I want.
Response: When I eat like crap, I feel like crap! Eating with abandon sounds good in theory but feels terrible in reality.
Remember, unfortunately your body doesn’t know or care what you don’t eat, it only knows what you do. So just because you passed up treats four times doesn’t necessarily mean it’s okay to have it the fifth.
Credit check in! Recognizing all the things you’re doing well is critical to help you stay motivated and feel proud of your on-track decisions. What are some things from the past week you’re giving yourself credit for?
Make sure you eat regular meals this weekend and don’t allow yourself to just graze throughout the day. Grazing is the absolute best way to take in the most amount of calories with the least amount of satisfaction. Sit down, eat real meals, and you’ll feel so much more satisfied while actually taking in less food overall.
Are you drinking enough water? This is important year round. Consider setting a water goal for yourself, like refilling your big 20 oz cup three times a day. Start out the day with three rubber bands on your cup and every time you finish it, you get to take one off.
Sabotage: I don’t want to have to work on healthy eating during the holidays.
Response: While it’s true I don’t want to have to think about healthy eating, I so much more don’t want to not fit into my pants, not like the way I look, avoid being in pictures, feel out of control of my eating, etc. While maintaining healthy eating this time of year is hard, it’s still so much better than the alternative!
We’re now in the busy holiday time of year and people are more likely to drop healthy habits like exercise and meditation, simply because they have so much going on. Don’t fall into that trap! Especially during the holidays, exercise and meditation are extra important to provide healthy outlets and stress relief.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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