Dee H. Posted September 26, 2014 Share Posted September 26, 2014 I call the time between Halloween and New Year's the annual "eating season" because people feel justified in offering (also not taking no for an answer) all kinds of non-Whole30-compliant foods to you because "it's the holidays!" In past years, a bowl of candy was not safe around me. I could eat an entire bag of mini candy bars BY MYSELF in a single evening without thinking twice. That is how I weighed 315 lbs. I am 5'4". I was assured of gaining 20 to 25 lbs. during the holidays without even trying. After eating all the Halloween candy I could get my hands on, then came Thanksgiving and pies, pies, pies! Then, the holiday parties commenced with appetizers I could not resist until finally arriving at Christmas dinner--another excuse to eat a full day's worth of food at a single sitting. Wrapping the year up with a New Year's and birthday celebration rolled into one usually resulted in misery, stress over my weight (which I obsessively checked multiple times daily), frustration, sleep problems, digestion problems, and a general fatigue and malaise. I have completed a 61-day Whole30 #1 this year, with mini-Whole30s sprinkled during the rest of the months to keep on track. I generally eat Whole30 compliant with occasional episodes of a glass of wine or mead, a dessert made of local, organic ingredients or an occasional high-quality piece of chocolate. I finally conquered the "eating season" by changing habits slowly over time. I made exercise a priority over eating. I stopped holiday baking. I stick to one plate of food at the holiday meal. I make a careful choice about the one food I will splurge on at the meal. That might be dressing or pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce--whatever I want MOST. Not all of those things at once. But if I do indulge in a few items, I don't spend the rest of the day berating myself for it. I return to my normal eating schedule on the next meal. I am an adult, I get to make choices, and I also get to pay the price for those choices and find out whether they are worth it or not. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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