The 'guilt trip' after the holidays - how to avoid it.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
A lot of people on this site (I have noticed) are currently in a guilt trip after the holidays. I have a different way of looking at it. First and foremost - DON'T PANIC!
Holidays and particularly Christmas for me as someone who is not religious, I like to adopt the Christian values and concentrate on spending time with family and friends. For me it is about be caring and sharing, we don't buy lots of expensive gifts (they are saved for Birthdays), we have a budget and we go to charity shops and buy presents from there, doing our bit for that charity. We go round to family and friend's houses and bare gifts we have made - not just 3 for 2 presents from Boots (shop in UK), but ones I have put effort into making and wrapping. So where does food come into all of this?
Well, I suppose food plays a massive part in the holidays - its the one thing EVERYONE on this earth can talk about. It brings people together around a table - which for some families is a rare opportunity. Talk about what gifts they have received, and good times they have spent together. Now I'm certainly not saying, 'throw the diet mentality away'. This is not what I am saying. What I do suggest you do though is enjoy the holidays and get back on track after. Keep thinking in the back of your mind 'I will only have a small piece of this' or 'one glass of sherry is sufficient'.
But don't worry if you get back on the scales and you are disappointed. Think about all those happy times you have had over the holidays, why ruin them with negative thoughts and guilt? There is nothing better to help you keep working towards your goal than positive thinking!