Dun dun dun… holiday season is coming, and we will be bombarded with temptation from all fronts!
It used to be my worst nightmare. No matter how hard I tried, I would “lose it” at some point along the way between Thanksgiving and Christmas. After that, it was an excuse to throw caution to the wind and go wild until New Year’s Resolution time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, have no fear…. For the month of November, I’ll be giving you some helpful hints to make your holiday a successful one.
Hint No. 1: Treat Yo Snack!
As a teacher, I frequently get small treats from students or coworkers. It could be anything, from Taiwanese birthday cake (which I love) to bubble tea.
In the past, I wouldn’t eat them… but denial = deprivation.
So, I decided to try a different approach. If I get something that I really want, I’ll have it…. as my afternoon snack.
Is it as “healthy” as the apple and nuts that I brought from home?
Is it optimal nutrition?
Does it make me feel happy and satisfied?
Does that prevent me from eating everything in sight later?
I frequently have random “unhealthy” stuff for my afternoon snack. This has not hindered my weight loss, or given me out of control cravings. In fact, it does the opposite.
Denial and rigidity always backfire. Life is about balance.
A few extra tips on making #treatyosnack work for you:
- Be deliberate about your choice and take time to enjoy it. This is different from grabbing a pack of skittles out of the vending machine and mindlessly scarfing it down.
- Drink water with your snack, because water is great.
- Don’t count calories/macros for your snack, but only eat one serving. So… one piece of cake, not 3. Look at it as a practice of enjoying something in moderation.
If you find yourself surrounded by a smorgasbord of holiday treats at work or at home, choose one that you want the most, and have it for your afternoon snack. Enjoy it and keep in mind that you can have something else as your snack the next day.
What are YOU going to have for your snack today?