A friend posted this article on Facebook and I thought is was just perfect for today’s holiday!
Article Courtesy of: http://www.stephensweightloss.com/weight-loss-blog/holiday-eating-do-you-have-to-indulge-on-special-occasions
Independance Day is here for those of us in the US, and along with it comes the celebrations, fireworks, and food.
Unfortunately, for some, the food part of this equation has become the most important. I love holidays and celebrations, but when indulgence becomes the main part of each holiday, it can really sabotage those of us who are desperately trying to be healthy. Today, I’m going give you permission to forget the indulgent food and just enjoy the holiday.
I know what some of you are thinking… “Lighten up, it’s just for the holiday and then we’ll go back to healthy eating”. I agree! It is good to occasionally lighten up about these things, but the problem is that holidays and special occasions are not occasional anymore.
A Special Occasion…… Every Week!
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of holidays that I just came up with off the top of my head:
- New Years Day
- MLK Day
- Valentine’s Day
- Presidents Day
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Cinco De Mayo
- Mother’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Father’s Day
- Independance Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- New Years Eve
Now, add in your birthday and the birthdays of all of your family and friends…
With 52 weeks in the year, you could easily celebrate a holiday/birthday at least every other week. And this is not even accounting for other “celebration worthy” occasions such as vacations, work promotions, sports team victories, music or dance performances, etc. Add those in, and it is possible that you could literally celebrate something every week of the year.
Stop Celebrating?… Or Change The Way We Celebrate
My solution to this is very simple: Stop making celebrations all about eating and drinking. Take time to think about what you are celebrating and actually celebrate it. Spend time with family and friends. Enjoy the company of others and have great time celebrating. You can even have a meal together…
Just don’t use a holiday or other special occasion as an excuse to eat awful, unhealthy food.
Give it a try! Personally, I did this on my last beach vacation in April. I spent the whole week eating healthy and being active with my family. And you know what? I had one of the best vacations of my life. We think that we will be missing out if we don’t indulge, but the truth is that in the end it is really not that important.
If you are able to do this, you will most likely realise just how unimportant these indulgences really were to you. And my hope is that by removing these unhealthy foods, not only will you be maintaining your health, but, in the end, you will actually focus more on the real reason you are celebrating.
Happy Independance Day!