The holiday season is underway with many parties and other festivities around the Des Moines area. Perhaps you’ve already attended holiday parties with friends, family, or coworkers and have more to look forward to. These gatherings often have a focus around FOOD!
You may have seen headlines or read articles on ways to cut carbs or make healthy alternatives for the holidays. I could certainly focus this article around that, but don’t believe it to be very practical. For many, the holidays are a time to indulge a little, and that’s OKAY just as long as you don’t get trapped on the cycle of indulgence (ceasing your workouts, eating lots of sugar, partaking in endless leftovers, etc).
We certainly aren’t nutritionists, but in today’s post we’ll expand on a simple philosophy that will allow you to think differently on how you approach the abundance of food you may find yourself around in the coming weeks and in the year to come. This philosophy is Hell Yes or No. It can be applied to many areas of life, but today we’ll apply it to eating.
If you’re looking to indulge in something that makes you say, “Yeah! I REALLY want that because I’ve been looking forward to enjoying it” – then it’s a YES! Anything that’s less than that is a NO. It sounds ridiculously simple because it is. If you’re more analytical, you could give it a rating on a scale of 1-10. If it’s anything lower than a 9 or 10, then it’s a NO.
For example, there’s a dessert spread at a holiday gathering with my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie, store-bought cupcakes, brownies, apple pie, and chocolate chip cookies. I love my mom’s pumpkin pie and she only makes it once a year. For me, the pumpkin pie is what I know I’d really enjoy; it’s a yes. The rest of it, I could certainly eat, but wouldn’t be too upset if I passed on it.
The thing to keep in mind during the holidays and all year is that changing your diet for a meal or even ONE day will not kill your eating habits. In fact, it can reinforce your good eating habits. How? Well, you may feel like garbage after gorging on sweets, alcohol, or a heavy meal.
When you eat right most of the time, your body signals you so you know when you’re doing things wrong. The problem is that this plan doesn’t work if you choose to let the entire holiday season derail your health goals.
Try out the Hell Yes or No philosophy over the coming weeks and into 2016 and see if it makes a difference for you.