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Break from disciplined eating during the festive season

As the festive season is approaching we are ready to take well-deserved rest not just from work but also from everyday disciplined habits.

Taking a break from disciplined eating during the festive season is a common and understandable choice. Festive occasions often involve special foods and traditions and it's okay to enjoy these moments without strict adherence to a regular eating routine. This break allows us to rest well and fully recharge for the new year.

Here are tips for navigating a break from disciplined eating during the festive season:

Moderation is key

While you may indulge in festive treats, aim for moderation. Enjoy your favourite foods, but be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating.

Divide your plate

Use the plate method to divide your plate into sections for different food groups. Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and a quarter with whole grains.

Avoid second helpings

Pause before going for seconds. Allow some time for your body to signal whether you are

genuinely still hungry.

Drink water before meals

Drinking a glass of water before meals can help you feel fuller and may prevent overeating.

Don’t feel guilty

Remember that the festive season is a time to celebrate and enjoy special moments with friends and family. If you indulge a bit more than usual, don't feel guilty. Enjoy the experience and focus on returning to your regular eating habits afterward.

Resume healthy habits

Once the festive season is over, gradually return to your usual disciplined eating habits.

Reintroduce regular meals, focus on balanced nutrition and resume your typical physical activity routine.

Enjoy the moment

The festive season is about celebration and joy. Focus on the people, traditions and experiences rather than solely on the food. Enjoying the moment can help create positive memories.

Remember that occasional breaks from disciplined eating are a normal part of life, especially

during special occasions. The key is to find a balance that allows you to enjoy the festivities

without compromising your overall well-being.

Have a magical Holiday season!

Zuzana Imrichova

Body Coach, Life Coach and NLP Practitioner

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