Here we go again - the time for over-indulging in just about everything is almost upon us. So…how will you enjoy the festivities without the guilt (and the bulges)?
I’m often asked whether I ever allow myself a little treat. “Mais bien sur!” What would my life be like if I didn’t appreciate the little gems of this world? In fact, my BIG tip to avoid cravings and bingeing is to actually eat a little junk regularly, so you’re less likely to want to over-do it. Constant deprivation and dieting are only going to cause you stress and a feeling that certain foods are ‘bad’, which often will make you want to eat it even more! Guilt will not only spoil the pleasure of eating that treat, it will also make digestion more difficult. So cut yourself some slack by adopting the 80/20 ‘rule’: try and eat well 80% of the time and allow yourself to indulge a little - 20% of the time. In practice, it’s all about balance, so try to give your body a break if you’ve had a few too many drinks or chocolates one day, by having a ‘good’ day with no alcohol, eating lighter, or even fasting once a week if you’re feeling brave. Increasing exercise is another way to counter the indulgent food and drink of the previous day, and will replace guilty feelings with ‘feel good’ hormones.
Have a healthy, happy Holiday!