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  • Larissa Spafford, NTP

You Don’t Have to Completely Give Up on Your Health Just Because It’s The Holidays

Thanksgiving table with pie and drinks

Sharing delicious (and hopefully nutritious) meals with people I love is one of my favorite things in life. That makes Thanksgiving one of my favorites. It’s also a time where it’s easy to completely give up on health goals until after the New Year, when New Year's resolutions are made, but rarely kept.

This year from Thanksgiving to January 1st is 36 days. Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, there're more non holiday days in there than holidays. If you relax on your healthy way of eating on the actual holidays and do the best you can on the days in between, you’ll be better off than you would be if you completely give up.

Enjoy your parties and get togethers. Relax on your diet without feeling guilty about it. But, instead of using indulging as an excuse to give up completely until the New Year, get back to it on the days in between.

If you do the best you can on the days in between, you’ll be better off when January 1st arrives. You might not even need to make a New Years resolution.

Here’s a few more tips…

Don’t go to the party starving. You’ll be less likely to overeat.

Eat whatever you want, but eat slowly and enjoy it and stop when you’re full.

The holiday party is only one meal of the day. Do the best you can at the other meals.

Pay attention to how you feel. If you make the connection between overindulging and not feeling as great (without feeling guilty about it), you may naturally not overdo it next time.

Remember, even if you do get completely off track with your health goals, you can always start again, don’t beat yourself up about it, just keep going. You don’t fail until you quit.

If you're one of those rare people who actually wants to start working on their health goals this time of year, I'd love to work with you! You can choose the virtual or in person service that works best for you here.

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