How many times do I have to prove to myself that eating unhealthy food does not feel good afterward? 🤦🏾♀️ I was reminded of this lesson for the umpteenth time during my morning run after Halloween. I decided I would allow myself to have a sweet treat on Halloween. That also ended up including a slice of pizza and maybe more than one sweet treat. :-) It did taste good, but let me tell you, I felt it on my run the next morning. I can tell there is a big difference between how I feel when I drink enough water and eat less refined carbohydrates and processed food.
The older I get and further I get on my weight journey, I appreciate that food is fuel. Our bodies are like a luxury vehicle that requires high octane gas to operate optimal. Sure I can put cheap gas in my luxury vehicle. It may continue to move but not at it’s best level. Similarly, if I don’t fill my body with clean, high-quality food as fuel, I’ll feel sluggish and tired. Also, like a car, my parts will wear out quicker. I may be able to move, but I won’t do so at my greatest capacity. As we go into the holiday season, my goal is to not just focus on how good food feels in the moment but also remember how it makes me feel afterward.
Additionally, to recover and get through the holidays (October 31st to January 2nd) without weight gain, I plan to:
✔️Remember my why: What is my motivation for getting to a healthier weight? Read my Totally Thorough Weight Strategy.
✔️Remember how particular foods help me feel: Reflect in my journal.
✔️Focus on time with family and friends less on what I can and can’t eat.
✔️Food is fuel: choose foods that help my body work at its best level. Something may taste good, but how do I feel after eating it one minute later, one hour, one day? Keep that in mind next time I want to eat it.
✔️Get rid of any food temptations NOW. Stop trying to prove how much “self-control” I have. It’s okay to make it easy on myself.
✔️Stay well hydrated by drinking at least 1oz/kg of water.
✔️Increase fiber, such as with green leafy vegetables. Decrease non-filling refined foods.
✔️Eat “clean” limit processed foods and artificial ingredients.
✔️Incorporate movement into my day. The goal isn’t to “exercise off” what I am but to feel healthier.
Throughout the holiday season, I will be sharing more tips on staying holistically healthy to avoid holiday weight gain.
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