Tip number 5: Know your Triggers.Holiday food triggers.
So I realize I have been posting about wine, and eating in advance, etc. Woo. They are great but I realized after getting some comments, I was mainly talking to – MYSELF. I was unconsciously writing to myself to hey – Avoid the wine, and hey- get a buddy, and oh yeah – start today. So as I am day 5 in my 24 Day Challenge for a New me, before the New Year- I realized one of the BIGGEST things for the holidays is personal triggers. A buddy is not going to do ANYTHING if you are having pregnancy like cravings for your favorite Holiday food. So everyone is different, and I have a few tips to help you avoid your own personal triggers! *Side note: If you are super awesome and do not struggle over the holidays, please shoot me an email to share your tip or tips so I can feature you!*
Ok. So Avoiding triggers? There is no real magic formula but here is what I have found works for me and friends :
- Everyone has a holiday trigger food. Or indulgence ( that sounds nicer ) Identify it! Your number one is __________.
- Ok with that ________, identified. Please ignore all other holiday goodies. They are not your favorite. They do not deserve your time of day. Your skinny pants want you to be able to wear them in 2014. Those treats you do not love you- they want to make sure you need a size up after the holiday season ends.
- Can you stop eating your favorite treat? If not, do not even have one bite when you are craving it. It sounds strict but it works. As soon as you give in to that one item you can not stop eating… it is all over and all other treats make their way in.
- Now I am not saying never, and I want you to indulge this holiday season but- Try scanning your treats into MyfitnessPal app, or entering them into another caloric calorie counter. Seriously- Try it. Then tell me how many miles it will take to burn that off, or how many calories you have had that are way over the usual. I practically DIED when I entered my 6 Ghirardelli squares into my app. I definitely thought twice the next time I *needed* dessert.
- Ignorance is not bliss. Knowing how many calories are in the items you are consuming is important! It keeps you mindful it is an indulgence. It will keep you from having to be stressed after New Years to bust off those pounds that appeared out of *nowhere*.
This may all sound super strict to some but:
It will all be worth it I promise! It is so EASY to over eat and gain a pound, it is SO much harder to cut and burn calories to shed that pound later. I am confident you will find what works for you, but next time you are craving that holiday trigger treat of yours try to scan it or enter it into a fitness app, then Google how long it will take to bring you back to breaking even for the day. (never mind trying to lose weight) . Holiday indulgences are amazing, but this might help being a tad healthier this year 🙂