I might be imagining things, but does it seem like it’s getting harder and harder to follow through with healthy decisions during the holidays?
People around me seem to be throwing in the towel already, and it’s only the first week of December.
I hear things like:
All bets are off for December.
I’ll deal with the fallout in January.
I’ve been so bad since Halloween, so I might as well go “all in” on all the bad stuff this month.
I might be passionate about healthy food and all that, but I totally get why people feel this way.
If I didn’t approach the holidays with a clear intention (and game plan) in mind, December would become a free-for-all for me as well.
After all, Halloween can set off a downward spiral, fueled by leftover trick-or-treat candy, which then leads to Thanksgiving (nuff said).
And then December comes, and we find ourselves saying “yes” and “why not?” to the unhealthy things more and more often.
For example, we see a basket of croissants at brunch, and say “why not?” even though we’re usually gluten free.
Or we get together with friends for dinner, and when another bottle of wine comes around the table, we say, “sure, I’ll have more.”
Or, we make a gingerbread house with our kiddos and find ourselves mindlessly popping cheap gum drops into our mouth simply because they’re in front of us.
A temporary disruption in our healthiest habits isn’t necessarily a big deal, but during the holidays those “special occasion” treats and drinks can keep adding up until they become our new default setting for December… and into the new year.
Come January, we find ourselves burned out and bloated. Our clothes don’t fit right, and maybe we’ve even caught a cold, thanks to the extra sugar, countless cocktails, and late nights that have taken their toll on the immune system.