It’s almost the holidays – and that means making tough choices about food. After all, we gain 10 pounds every season, right?
Wrong, says Patrizia Jesue, R.D., Nutrition Counseling Center.
“The diet culture spreads that false narrative so we’ll buy gym memberships and diet supplements. Have you ever had to buy all new clothes in January? I haven’t. Research says we gain less than two pounds. That’s a huge difference.”
So, how can we enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty about what we eat?
1. Remember, this is a time for personal and perhaps spiritual connections. Change your mindset: Is the season about pie or spending time with my loved ones?
2. Eat mindfully. Sure, you might have two desserts on a Thursday, but this isn’t a typical Thursday. It’s okay.
3. If you fill up on water and apples beforehand to avoid eating too much, you’ll feel sad later because you watched everyone eat and enjoy. Give yourself permission to eat with them.
Learn more from her team of dietitians at “Navigate The Holiday Season: Jingling All The Way!” Tuesdays (October 10, 17 and 24) from 6-7 p.m. Space is limited; the cost is $99. Visit nutritioncounselingcenter.com to register.