Challenges of the Holiday Season
Monday, November 23, 2015
So, this week on Thursday it will be Thanksgiving for those of us in the US. I'm from the Netherlands so I did not used to have Thanksgiving there, but here it's one of the big holidays. And especially in the winter holidays, it's all about food, I've noticed. That's how things here in the US get celebrated if I look at my experiences between then and now. Food is the event here, much more than in my childhood home in the Netherlands, since everything is organized around food.
I just restarted my healthy eating again (for the umpteenth time) about 2 weeks ago. I've already failed 2 or 3 days, but on the other hand I have found that it helps to have a plan in place for this month. I have SAD or what used to be called Winter Depression and carb cravings are a big part of that condition. I use a daylight lamp and a dawn simulator, but those do not help with the carb cravings. Giving up diet soda helped a little, the cravings are now about 40 percent of what they were, or maybe even a third, but they're definitely not gone.
So I need to hold onto my keto plan, knowing that during the actual holiday of Thanksgiving and Xmas eve and Xmas day and New Years Eve I will be going off plan -just for those days-. But this helps me (I know from my own experience) to eat healthier during the entire month when the holidays are not actually there yet or have just passed. IT's a Holiday, not a Holiweek or a Holimonth as my Weight Watchers leader always says (I go for the emotional support, not the diet, tried it, keto is the only thing that works for me).
I know I fall out of keto if I break my plan or actually have a holiday meal but that helps me keep on it as much as possible, and sometimes I actually go to say 100 gr of carbs instead of the full 300 that people are 'supposed' to eat (doesn't work for me I'd be wayyy bigger now if I did that). I also do things like for my work's goodie day where everyone brings sweets I will be bringing a sugar free low carb pumpkin pie baked with stevia, I think that will help me stay the course. I will be doing the same and bake that pie to bring to our friend's family thanksgtiving Thursday. THe hardest part is finding the time and energy to bake, but without that the chances of me failing are very, very much higher.
Another tip I remember from my Weight Watchers leader, focus on doing something non-food related together. So I'll try to suggest a short walk in nature (as much as I can with my chronic fatigue) or go to the local Turkey Trot to walk 10 mins or so (I can do 10 mins and sometimes even after rest another 10!) and cheer on everyone else. Do other people have good tips on how to make the holidays less about eating and more about being happy?