How to Not Give a H*ck About Your Weight this Holiday Season

Blog, Wellness | December 8, 2017 | By

If you have weight concerns and are stressed over holiday food, I have good news: you have the option to not give a heck. 

It’s December.

Right now we’re about half-way between Thanksgiving (US) and Christmas, so well into the holiday season that will bring us into the New Year.

Since holiday music, decor and candy has been in the grocery store since the day after Halloween (commercialism..bah humbug!), you’re probably well aware that holiday parties and potlucks, and the plethora of holiday foods, are right around the corner. If you have weight or concerns, this prospect might be making you miserable. Maybe you’re thinking “I’ve been so good with food for months and now all my hard work is going to be undone!” or “How am I going to be able to resist all the treats that are around ALL THE TIME?”.

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This kind of thinking is called the diet mentality. And if you’re in it, it is not your fault. If you have a diet mentality, I’m not judging you – and you shouldn’t judge you either! This kind of thinking that is so normalized in society that we don’t even bat an eye over it.

However, since diet mentality is a way of thinking, and have the ability to challenge and change the harmful thoughts that it causes. ‘Cause really, has restriction, guilt, and fear over food really helped improve your life and wellbeing? My guess is no…

Here are some key tips to put into practice:

  1. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat anything you want. The reason many people feel they cannot control themselves around food is because they are restricting themselves. Physical restriction would be actually denying yourself certain foods, whereas mentally restricting is believing certain foods are “off limits”. Either way, when we succumb to these “bad” foods we are more likely to eat larger amounts because we’ve been denied and don’t know if we’ll get this food again.
  2. Pay attention to how your body is feeling. You’ve probably heard that we should  listen to our body when it tells us we are full. Well, it is just as important to be listening for when it’s hungry. Many people might have the urge to “save up” calories by skipping meals prior to a party or might restriction food the day following a large meal because they feel they overate. Your body needs fuel, and you do not need to earn it, or suffer to get it. On another note, I know that holiday stress is very real and can be felt physically. For myself, when those feelings creep in, it can often feel good to move my body in a gentle way, like walking, stretching or yoga. Whatever it is for you, finding a release from holiday stress can be great way to practice self-care.
  3. Do not berate yourself if you “overate”. Say it or sing it with me now: “I will not berate if I overate!” We all eat past fullness sometimes. It happens, it’s part of life, and it is no big deal. Please do not feel bad about yourself for wanting to eat highly palatable foods, or foods that you might only get to eat once or twice a year.

If you’re looking for more reinforcing messages of this kind, I highly suggest you check out the latest episode from the Don’t Salt My Game podcast by Laura Thomas with Fiona Sutherland (The Mindful Dietitian). It’s not one you want to miss! The link is below:

EP69 – How to Have a Non-Diet Holiday Season w/ Fiona Sutherland of The Mindful Dietitian

How are you approaching this holiday season with regards to your weight, food, and your overall wellbeing?


  1. Megan H.

    December 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Ok, first of all Thank You for saying this. Second, what foods would you recommend we eat after eating food that doesn’t make us feel happy all over besides our tongue and mind? Yogurt is my go to, but any others? What foods might help us process the fatty or sugary foods or tips to help our metabolism maintain during this season that is easy to implement? I’m loving your posts. Will you be adding the option to subscribe soon so we can see your inspirational posts immediately in our inboxes? This is my first time hosting Christmas dinner and I’m so excited for someone who just bought cookbooks for the first time this year.

    • Andrea Paul

      December 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thank so much Meg! Yes, certainly the day after a big dinner can sometimes leave us feeling a little sluggish! But we still need to eat – regular meals are important for keeping our energy and metabolism from lagging. I think yogurt is an excellent choice as it is easy on the tummy, protein-rich and full of those gut-friendly bacteria! It might sound vague, but the best thing to is to tune into what kinds of foods your body wants and what is going to make you feel best! And I will work on getting the subscription up and running, thanks for your interest 🙂 Merry, merry Christmas to all the Hills!

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