5 More Reasons to Start Your Healthy Diet During the Holidays
Contributed by: Dave Junno Psy.D.
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those of us trying to eat a healthier diet. There are social gatherings with all kinds of delicious and high calorie foods available. Most people who need to make changes in their diet put off these changes until after the holidays. Yet, I believe that all the reasons dieting might feel difficult during the holidays are also reasons to consider starting a diet then.
Last year I wrote an article at this time giving seven reasons
to start your diet during the holidays. This week I'd like to
give you five more.
- Our diet efforts will have a greater impact. People on the
average gain weight during the holidays. Those who need to
lose weight most tend to gain the most weight. Most diets are
started when our weight is relatively stable. So when we start
dieting during the holiday we have the double bonus of losing
weight and not gaining the weight we would have had we not
dieted. Sounds like a win/win to me.
- We are more likely to stick to goals that we have declared
publicly. If we have a goal of eating healthier and never tell
anyone we can easily give up with out anyone noticing. If we
declare our plans publicly then we have more accountability
and we are more likely to stick with them. So what better time
to go public then during the holidays, when we are going to
see most all our family and friends. My experience is that most
people will be supportive and want to see you do well in your
- To get in touch with what is really important about the
holidays. Let's face it, for many of us the holidays have
become about the trappings, e.g. parties, food, gifts, and
the real meaning has been lost. Make this holiday season a
time to reflect on the timeless values the holidays represent.
A time to be grateful for what we have and enjoy time with
our family and friends.
- If we can maintain a diet during the holidays, we'll increase
our confidence in our ability to face difficult times with our
diet in the future. Let's face it, dieting during the holidays
takes extra planning and effort. If we can diet during the
holidays, we'll be able to diet anytime.
- It is never too late to start your New Year's resolution. How
many of us have made a New Year's resolution to start eating
healthier? Who says we only have to start our New Year's
resolution right after New Year's? We may be eleven months late
but how many other people can say they are following their New
Year's resolution at this time of year.
It is possible to start and stick to a healthier diet during the
holidays. Believe me, I started a healthier diet during the
holidays eight years ago, and have never regreted it. So end
your year the way you wanted to start it!
"The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down
an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse."
"Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling
your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly
have time to think about food."
Peace Pilgrim 190? - 1981
Remember, having the right diet and getting
enough exercise will not only improve your
health - it will improve your life.
Until next time,
Dave Junno Psy.D.