by Margaret Wertheim, MS, RD, LDN
The holidays are upon us once again, and it seems like no matter where you go the world is full of sweets, candies and cookies. All the sweets can leave you feeling sluggish, cause you to pack on extra pounds and can often do a number on your digestion. The after-math sends many running to the gym or starting a new diet when the New Year rolls around. The New Year feels like a new beginning and a fresh start, which is always very motivating. But I wonder whether we can find a way to still eat well during the holidays instead of throwing in the towel until January 1st.
Can we find a way to not let the holidays de-rail our health goals or leave us feeling less than vibrant and energetic? Can we strike a balance and enjoy the holidays – really savor and experience one delectable chocolate truffle instead of feeling the need to over-indulge? We will all eat some sweets during this time, and they should be enjoyed and savored on special occasions without guilt. It’s important to remember that healthy eating and living isn’t and shouldn’t be about achieving perfection. Instead it’s about helping you to be your best self – not depriving nor overindulging nor giving up or berating yourself after you overindulge. You just have to start over at the next meal or snack. It’s about having a goal in mind – something that motivates you. Losing weight, having more energy, improving your digestion, improving your fertility, preventing chronic disease, achieving optimum health. Choose something that motivates you, and go back to that motivation when you feel challenged.
I would encourage you to start your journey to improving your health and fertility now, instead of waiting until January 1st. The sooner you start incorporating the principles of healthy eating into your life, the better for your overall health and fertility. If you need to lose weight, now is a great time to start our FirstLine Therapy for Fertility program. One month from now, you’ll be so glad you started today.
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