Continuing on yesterday’s theme, here’s the second question that was posed to me during the Mompreneurs Twitter party last week.
Q2: I can’t resist Christmas cookies and eggnog. If I indulge, how can I make up for it?
- First, stop thinking u have to make up for it. Our bodies are resilient. They adjust naturally to over- or undereating if we let them.
- We don’t let them when we’re always trying to control. Try following. Tune in and listen to what ur body wants.
- Counting calories (or fat gms/whatever) is setting external limits. Doing that takes us away from tuning in to what we really want.
- If ur not good at intuitive eating yet, make sure u eat regular meals/snacks. Then take *starting* portions. Enjoy mindfully.
- Starting portions are places to start. Enjoy, then decide if it’s enuf. If u start thinking u can’t have more, likely it won’t be enuf.
- If you think certain foods don’t make you feel well, or eat well, you may be right. Experiment with eating less of them.
- After eating, don’t worry. Forget guilt. Go on with ur life. If u keep thinking abt what u ate, will keep u focused on food & eating.
- Don’t have to exercise to make up for it. That’s a form of calorie counting. See previous tweet about that.
I had my first eggnog of the season on Sunday. It was so delicious, I had two glasses. That was enough.
Have you enjoyed a treat yet that you only have this time of year?
Tomorrow’s question: I’m concerned about my children stuffing themselves with so many holiday sweets, they won’t eat the healthy meals I prepare. Any tips?