Feeling bad about overindulging over the holidays?

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Feeling bad about overindulging over the holidays?

STOP! Do not to feel shame, guilt, regret, remorse or any other negative feelings for allowing yourself to enjoy all the tasty treats the last month or two! Many of the holidays we celebrate in our society revolve around food traditions, and it’s important to enjoy yourself!

After my mom passed away when I was 11, my Grammie and I began a tradition of baking dozens of Christmas cookies that we would gift to friends and family. We both have a pretty big sweet tooth. We baked cookies every year until my mid-20s when she and my Grampop moved into a retirement home.

I cherish all the hours we spent in her kitchen baking pecan rolls, rocky roads, chocolate chip, haystack and meringue cookies. I remember her always telling me to make the cookies smaller and to stop licking all batter off the spoons before we were finished.

These special moments and lasting memories are WAY more important than stressing about calories. If your goal is to lose weight, then it’s important to have a nutrition plan that you can always go back to, not an all-or-nothing diet.

This is why I love tracking macronutrients (macros) so much. I know that even if I have an overindulgent day, I can get right back on track the next day and hit my macros. This is the whole reason I was able to lose 30 lbs and keep it off. I stopped worrying about perfection and starting focusing on progress.

Don’t let extra calories stand in the way of special moments and cherished memories! Let yourself enjoy traditions and time with family and friends without stress, then just get right back on track! This approach is not only good for the body, but also the soul and the brain.

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