My calendar is filling up as current, past and new clients are booking health coaching sessions for support in getting through the holiday season with their health and fitness goals intact. We make plans for enjoying holiday parties and family get-togethers without losing ground on goals, and we talk about stress management, but the BIGGEST recurring lament is the state of the office break room.
The holiday break room is transformed to the home of $3.99 grocery store pumpkin pies, daily boxes of holiday doughnuts (aka regular donuts with dyed icing and sprinkles), bagels & cream cheese, chocolates, muffins and fudge. Then there are those flippin' tins of Danish butter cookies that you would never normally buy or eat on your own terms, but somehow at 3pm they begin whispering, then screaming for you to come take a sleeve of sugary, stale cookies back to your desk.
For my clients who struggle with the daily onslaught of holiday treats, I recommend a few strategies, including planning and bringing filling meals and snacks so there's less temptation.
But one of the most effective strategies is to be a straight up food snob.
There’s a big difference between a rich homemade pumpkin pie baked with love by mom and that cheap pie cranked out on a conveyor belt. We all know the difference between a really special (read: expensive) chocolate truffle and a waxy mass-produced bonbon filled with artificial vanilla filling and a bleached and dyed cherry (yes, that's how maraschino cherries are made).
Be a snob: Make a conscious effort to only eat those treats that are of excellent quality, that are homemade, have a special nostalgic connection for you, or that you really, really love. A snob doesn't eat three cookies; he eats one, slowly, savoring every careful bite. We WILL make it through the holidays with our health and fitness goals intact with some planning and food snobbery.
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