Why do we wait until after Christmas to begin our health journey?
Or why do we put our health journey on hold for the month of December?
Let me point something out:
There are 365 days in a year (or 366 😉). Christmas is just 1 day! Ok sure, Christmas is a busy season filled with multiple events. So if we look at it this way.. The average person eats 3 main meals a day, meaning they would eat 1095 meals a year. Let’s say we have 3 meals Christmas Day, plus a few Christmas parties during December. That is still only 6 meals out of a possible 1095 each year. 6 meals! That’s it!
I dont care how much you eat or drink during those meals, or what you eat for that matter, 6 meals will NOT define your health!
“Don’t worry, I’ll be really good (restrictive) starting January 1st to counteract what I ate at Christmas”
Fact: Restrictive behaviour leads to over eating/ binge eating.
In fact, this restrictive eating cycle is what I refer to as “yo-yo dieting”. The truth of the matter is, it’s not effective for weight loss, it builds a poor relationship with food and our overall health can suffer as a consequence.
I think it is important to accept the food that was eaten during the Christmas party and move on. Get back to the regular eating behaviours as soon as you can. Start listening to your body’s natural hunger and satiety cues. Focus on fuelling your body with nutrient dense foods rather than focusing on meeting a calorie deficit. And get back to your regular exercise routine.
How to stay on track at Christmas time?
- Enjoy Christmas, enjoy the social events, and enjoy the food.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you ate too much Christmas Day. Remember, 1 meal does not define your health.
- Get back to your regular eating and exercise routine as soon as possible. Don’t wait for January 1st!
- Don’t use restrictive eating behaviours or over-exercising to compensate for a bigger meal.
If you would like to get your health journey started today, or would like more information on how to keep on track with the Christmas season, please feel free to contact me! You can also book an appointment here