My family and I went to a wedding this weekend, and big events and celebrations throw everyone (including me) into a “diet melt-down”; but, do they have to? Celebrations include lots of our favorite things: traveling, being with friends and family, eating out, and desserts! But, rather than enjoying them, most of us end up feeling guilty.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Celebrations are special and we shouldn’t feel bad about participating. What we should do is: prepare and be aware. I am firm on my stance that one meal/day/weekend does not make or break health. Always keep healthy habits in mind, but don’t let them take over your life or prevent you from enjoying it.
Since nutrition is a balance, prepare for possible splurges and special occasions. And remember: these are OCCASIONS. They do not happen all the time. If you want a piece of cake, eat a piece of cake. Consider sharing it with someone at the table, or ordering the vegetarian meal rather than steak and potatoes. Go for a walk before the event, or the day after. Dance the night away!
There are lots of little tricks for swapping Calories throughout the week so that your guilty pleasures will not derail your health goals. One thing I want to reiterate, though, is that these are “sometimes” events. Splurging on fats, desserts, and drinks EVERY weekend can slow progress, if not set you back. So, go ahead and actually celebrate your big moments, but be aware of the extra Calories and ways you might limit Calories on the days leading up to or following the event. Indulge every once in a while, but make sure that you really enjoy it when you do. If you know that you will feel defeated the next day, you may want to rethink how much you want the thing that is going to make you feel that way!