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How to banish food guilt around the holidays (Q&A)

Feeling a little guilty about what we eat is normal in that we all experience it. But when it starts to interfere with your enjoyment of a celebration or when you get obsessive, you need to shift your perspective. Here’s how to banish food guilt so you can be fully present this holiday season and enjoy every second of it.

Over to you! How do you keep guilt away and fully enjoy every indulgent moment in front of you?

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    Christin Slyngman

    November 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I generally use the rule of 80/20: 80% of my intake is healthy, unprocessed, fresh (and organic when possible) foods and the that leaves me a little wiggle room for indulgences when I want them, without the guilt 🙂

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      Erin Motz

      November 29, 2017 at 11:03 am

      that’s a good one too!

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    Melissa Nordin

    November 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I love this! Here’s my share:
    1. Don’t skip on sleep leading up to the big day. Get your Zzzs to stay healthy and support healthy immune function. This helps combat all the crazy foods and drinks we eat on a more systemic level.

    2. Avoid leftovers (I know-what a bummer, but…)
    -Focus on the big day, but don’t take home any souvenirs
    -That just adds extra calories, fat, sugar, and sodium even days later

    3. Good rule to follow for drinks during your big day: Between every alcohol beverage, soft drink, sweet iced tea, Hot Cocoa, Hot Toddy, etc., have one glass of water. This helps encourage proper hydration easily without feeling like you are missing out.

    4. Put something green and healthy on your plate along with all the other rich goodies. Helps you feel not so guilty and promotes some semblance of good eating.

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    November 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    My approach is to accept the indulgence but to try to moderate the amount i eat, usually at big events we feel we have to eat everything on are plate. So i give my self smaller portions and stop when I’m satisfied rather than carrying on until I’m so full i need be lifted from my seat with a crain. Also i dont feel everything has to be eaten as there nothing more fun than trying to reinvent leftovers into a tasty morsel in the days post Christmas 🎅🍻 🥧💡

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    November 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m a strong believer in everything in moderation. As a result I’m (generally) able to enjoy whatever I eat. As for the holidays and over indulging in the big feasts: I take small amounts so I can sample everything & I don’t go back for seconds. I already practice your suggestions of starting each day with something healthy and my home yoga practice which sets the tone for my day!

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    November 30, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Great advice as always Erin!! Question for you tho… what probiotic do you take? There are so many out there, what do you look for. I drink Kombucha daily, but is that enough? I like it because it helps to cleanse & detox after those well “holiday indulgences”!! So what’s great out there for us to take – what should we be looking for in a probiotic?

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      Erin Motz

      November 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      when I lived in the US I took the vegetarian PB8– super affordable and good quality. now in France i take one from the pharmacy but have no idea what brand it is! it’s pricier too :/ honestly, i really feel that getting our “supplements” from food is the best. so getting enough fermented foods in your diet like kombucha is SO fantastic! i just came across this list and it’s pretty great for narrowing what to look for: https://www.humnutrition.com/blog/the-guide-to-choosing-the-best-probiotic-for-you/

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    December 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

    It helps me to make a plan. For example, on Thanksgiving, I decided in advanced that it was ok to have second’s of my mom’s stuffing. I didn’t feel guilty because it wasn’t an impulse decision and I decided it ahead of time and gave myself permission

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