They’re right there!
Staring at you, calling your name!
You can hear them!
They keep telling you to come over.
Fine! You’ll give into the peer pressure. Just once!
You head straight over to the left over bowl of Halloween candy in your office lunch room.
You hesitate. You’ll probably regret this, but you can just have one. You’ll just go to the gym tonight.
You run back to your office with the Halloween candy hidden under your arm in case you pass someone in the hallway.
You made it. You open the wrapper as fast as you can and you stick it in your mouth, hoping to finish it before someone walks in your office.
Geez, that’s good. Like heaven. OMG.
Okay, back to work. . . (5 minutes pass).
Why can’t I stop thinking about how delicious that was?!?!
Maybe one more, no way, that’s crazy, okay, maybe just one.
You’ll just walk by again and if someone’s there you won’t have one, but if no one’s in there you’ll grab one. You walk back to the lunch room.
Score! No one’s there! You grab one.
You know, I’ll just start my diet tomorrow. Super clean! In fact maybe I’ll do a juice cleanse. I’ll grab another one.
You grab 3 more and run back to your office. You unwrap and swallow each one with lightning speed so no one catches you in the act.
Ugh. You feel ill. The guilt sets in. Why don’t you have any self-control? What’s wrong with you!? This is why you look the way you do!
Let’s be real. This is what it can be like during the holidays.
Halloween just passed and Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Years are just around the corner. This means candy, cookies, lovely treats and drinks are everywhere you turn! They can’t be avoided.
This used to be us. This story is from our own personal experience. Thankfully this is not a reality for us anymore. We’re not constantly thinking about food during the holidays, we enjoy just enough, and we don’t feel guilty about indulging! Uncontrollable binging on candy and cookies just doesn’t even happen anymore! That’s why we want to share with you 5 things that can make a huge difference for you:
1. Be present when you eat. Really enjoy your food no matter what it is. Take your time. Smell your food. Really taste it. Don’t eat while distracted, while watching TV, while you’re in the car, etc. This increases the amount of satisfaction you have making you less likely to need to eat more than your first serving.
2. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. While we know this can be easier said than done. This is vital to controlling your binge eating habits. When you wait too long to eat (like saving up for holiday dinner) we enter “deprivation mode”. This means your body physiologically needs energy. Often times we crave sugar and food tastes much better than it usually does. It also becomes more challenging to stop eating. So when you save all your calories for dinner your body won’t be able to stop, no matter what it is!
3. Eat what sounds good to you first. We often have this idea that we have to eat a certain way. Like we always have to have salad before your protein or you have to eat real food before dessert. The reality is we often eat more than we need because we eat what we “should” and what we want to. Think about it, how often do you eat everything on your plate because you served yourself even if it doesn’t taste good? Or eat the vegetables first even if they aren’t your favorite, just because you think you “need to”?
4. Figure out what you’re really craving before you look at all the food. During the holidays you have lots of options! Think about the flavors, texture and temperature of food you want. For some it’s easier to choose before they actually see their options because food is visually stimulating, i.e. you can start craving something when you see it!
5. Give yourself unconditional permission. This can be the most challenging step. The mind is powerful. When you say you can’t have something you definitely want it more. Have you ever noticed that whenever you give up a particular food, it shows up everywhere? Just giving yourself permission, allows you to make a choice about whether you really want the food rather than just wanting what you “shouldn’t” have.
Begin practicing these tips before the holidays begin so you’re an expert when they arrive! Remember you’re not alone! If you’re ready to take control of your eating habits and never want to worry about food again, check out our Eat For Love Online Course or come work with us!
Hannah & Marisa