The Holidays are meant to be wonderful, but they can also be filled with challenges! From difficult family members to long periods of darkness and cold, to challenging food environments, the Holidays are one of the harder times of the year to keep on track with your good intentions for your health.
An interesting study from a group of people with type 2 diabetes following a 3-month liquid diet identified 4 strategies they used for success. It turns out they are very applicable during the Holiday season.
4 Ideas for Overcoming Holiday Challenges
Remove temptation. Whenever possible, modify your environment to eliminate obvious challenges. Even if they can't be totally removed, place them out of sight. Get the cookies out of the house, or at least off the counter.
Anticipate challenges. Uncle Al pushes your buttons every time you're around him? Family likes the Holiday buffet with lots of desserts? Plan in advance how you might tackle these challenges.
Avoid difficult environments. If the break room in your office is overflowing with treats during this season, perhaps you should stay away till January.
Use distraction in the moment. If you find yourself struggling, find something to take your mind off of the challenge of the moment. Move to a different room. Start a card game. Phone a friend. Find something to help you move past temptation.
I hope at least one of these resonates as something you can try this year.
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Dr. Christopher FoxI am a board-certified endocrinologist in Superior, CO, and I have been in private practice since 2003. People I work with achieve success when they learn all the ingredients of healthy lifestyle and the system to consistently follow through on good intentions. I use my knowledge of endocrine science, psychology, neuroscience, and human behavior to help people make meaningful, lasting changes in their health that they can sustain long-term.