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Ashely, I totally get it. Being around these illicit holiday foods you see as “bad” or feel “guilty” eating is a struggle. I am going to share some tips to help you.
Tip 1: Don’t diet
You need to stop following rules and start creating frameworks around how you eat.
The old rules of dieting keep us stuck. On or off the “diet” wagon.
Cutting sugar, alcohol, and carbs leads to a deprivation mindset. Dieting before and in-between holidays sets you up for bingeing at the holidays. It increases the intensity with food by putting you into a scarcity mindset. Refrain from setting foods as off limits, from labeling any foods as good or bad. Commit to focusing on eating foods that make you feel good physically (not being stuffed, bloated, overfed) and emotionally (no guilt, regret).
Prioritize nutrition but always be in a state of permission with food, especially the foods you enjoy.
Tip 2: Feed yourself
When dieters know there will be extra food around, they tend to think in terms of math and calories — skipping meals, eating less, “saving room”.
The best thing you can do to ward off cravings and overeating is to feed yourself nutritious food at regular intervals.
Being near extra sweets while you’re hungry will of course lead you to eating with abandon. If you are making sure to eat enough during breakfast, lunch and dinner, this will help you stay mindful with your hunger cues.
There is a difference between fighting hunger and feeling hunger. I like to try and eat protein and veggies at each meal and then stay mindful around any “trigger” food.