Updated: Dec 1, 2022
Holiday indulgence is usually fun in the moment. But if indulgence results in uncomfortable feelings or wipes us out the next day, was the indulgence really worth it?
Hoping to handle these situations more gracefully? You may see some benefits by practicing this two-step exercise:
1. Reflect on a Past Experience
Briefly describe the experience. In your description, include:
How you felt before the experience kicked off, and how you felt during the experience.
How long the experience lasted.
Any relevant details about the atmosphere (i.e. noise level, people, energy).
How you had access to the food/drink – was it available at a party; in the break room at work; did you purchase it yourself?
How you felt physically, emotionally, and/or mentally after the experience
2. Create a Plan for Future Similar Experiences
Outline what went wrong and brainstorm some solutions for those specific problems.
Ask yourself: Do I want this food/drink again in the future? Can my body and mind tolerate this food/drink again?
Estimate how much you really believe is enough for you. It can be an intimidating question to answer and may involve trial and error.
Are there any decisions that are difficult for you to make during experiences like this? E.g. it’s difficult for me to discard a food/drink after I’ve reached my tolerable limit.
What strategies can you put into place that will support you in making decisions that result in more favorable outcomes? I.e. following a morning ritual; eating balanced meals and snacks; taking breaks; having an accountability partner.
If you’re motivated to make healthier choices this holiday season, remember to be realistic and use self-compassion. It takes time to create healthy habits, so remember that you are human, and it’s okay to lower your standards to a height that’s within your reach.
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The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website. If you're motivated to gain control with your food choices during the holidays, consider a nutrition expert as your accountability partner! Check out our Nutrition & Wellness Coaching here: