“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeerCannot fit in any clothes!He eats so many goodiesYou can see his belly grow!”
The holiday season is fun! People are nicer to each other, there are great lights and decorations everywhere, and somehow everything just seems to smell good. No wonder so many people consider it the very best time of year.
But I’ve got to be real. The holidays are also HARD. I recently read through an article that discussed the difficulties of staying sober this time of year after overcoming alcoholism, and a lot of the same principles apply to beating food addiction. The holidays are prime for relapses, what with all the parties and treats delivered right to your door. However, speaking as a former food addict, I know it’s possible to enjoy this time of year without falling back into old habits.
Here are a few ideas you can rely on over the next few weeks. I’ve adapted them from the article mentioned above because, although alcoholism and food addiction have distinct differences, the tips to rise above temptation are very applicable. Put them into practice, let us know how they work out for you, and have a wonderful holiday season!
When I was in first grade, my mom bought me the Harry Potter series because I was a little nearsighted nerd with a hyperactive imagination. As a little kid, I became obsessed with magic, spells, Hermione, and broomsticks. They were real in my mind and no one could convince me that my friends at Hogwarts were brilliantly conjured up by J.K. Rowling. I knew I was secretly a witch, and I held on to that knowledge for years.
My eleventh birthday was the day I learned the truth about myself. I don’t recall the presents I got or if I had a party or what kind of cake I had that day, but I do remember expecting my Hogwarts letter to show up any minute. I didn’t tell anyone about my secret hope, because my logical side knew that Harry Potter was fictional, but I still searched the skies every hour or so, looking for some sign of an owl. I even ran to the mailbox multiple times a day in hopes that maybe Hogwarts was in cahoots with the US Postal Service.
Okay, my title might be slightly misleading. Eating an extra bag of Cheetos definitely will not help you lose five pounds. However, I really can’t stress how important it is to properly fuel your body! It’s the key to sustainable weight loss because guess what? You shouldn’t be starving yourself.
When it comes to getting healthy, one of the most common (and frankly LAMEST) excuses that we get is, “I just don’t have time!” Apparently most people believe that in order to drop a few pounds and get in shape, you have to dedicate hours and dollars to the gym and a personal trainer.
Let me clarify that misconception real quick: YOU DON’T. Of course exercise is key, but what you put into your body is more important than how you burn it off, especially when you’re first starting a fitness routine.
When you look at a flight of stairs, do you feel a lumpy dread hit your stomach? Do you pull out every piece of clothing you own each morning, just looking for something that fits and doesn’t make you feel chunky? Does your morning routine include handfuls of pills that only mask symptoms that plague you every day? Finally, does your doctor look over your charts with worry and plead with you to make changes?
[caption id="attachment_1746" align="alignleft" width="150"] by Melenie Dunn, NMD[/caption]
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