With a holiday weekend approaching, you may be seeing posts encouraging you to go ahead and relax this weekend by eating and drinking whatever you want.
After all, results don’t happen in a weekend and it takes a lot more than a weekend to undo all the progress you’ve been making.
While I’m definitely a fan of enjoying life and not putting unnecessary restrictions on yourself, I want to add a caveat to this sentiment.
If you are someone who’s struggled with compulsive overeating (like I have), I don’t think this is the most helpful strategy.
In the past, when I’ve followed this approach, I inevitably ended up binging. After many painful and frustrating failures, I realized that I do much better with some basic guidelines than I do when I give myself full license to eat whatever I want.
Here are some strategies that work for me:
•eating very slowly
•taking just one plate of food
•filling half my plate up with veggies
•eating protein with every meal
•limiting myself to two alcoholic beverages
•sharing dessert with my boyfriend
•hanging out away from the buffet or bar
•only eating while sitting down
If you have a great relationship with food and alcohol, by all means go ahead and cut loose this weekend. But if you sometimes struggle to make the best choices for your body and peace of mind, consider establishing some guidelines ahead of time.
Do you feel better when you eat whatever you want or when you do some planning ahead of time? Let me know below.
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