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Healthy Balanced Holidays Challenge

Healthy Balanced Holidays Challenge

Eating a piece of pie (or two, or three) over the holidays doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Eating them and then deciding you’ve ruined everything and so might as well eat EVERYTHING and stop exercising from now until the New Year, that is when you fail.

Have you ever felt that? That used to be where I lived all the time. I would bounce between motivation and being excited about a new diet or exercise program, and then one day I would “fail.” I’d eat a cookie, and then I would decide that since I had ruined my diet by cheating, I might as well eat the rest of the cookies.

Yes, I have eaten a dozen cookies in one sitting before. Embarrassing, but true.

Or I would be so excited about a new exercise program and would be vigiliant about doing it every day, and then as the newness wore off, one day I would sleep through my alarm and miss my workout. Logically (or not), that meant that I was a total loser and why even bother exercising again? Then I’d go a few months without any sort of exercise at all.

And the inner monolouge in my head would tell me, “You’ve failed. Why bother? It’s not like you’ll make it last this time anyway.”

Finally, I realized something. You fail when you give up, plain as that. If you eat a dozen cookies and then go back to green smoothies and yummy, nutritious meals the next day, you win! If you miss a day (or five) of exercise and then get right back to it, you win!

Pie happens. Expect it, enjoy it, then get back on the horse!

This inner monolouge problem seems to happen for me even more around the holidays. We are surrounded by so many unhealthy foods, many of them tied to tradition, that how can we resist? And should you really resist Grandma’s special fudge recipe? I think not.

But how do you make it through the holidays without that extra 5-10 pounds most people pack on this time of year?

One word: Balance.

For this month’s free challenge, we are going to become experts at the art of balance. There will be four weekly challenges to help us really dive in and build this skill, and as always there will be an awesome prize for one lucky winner at the end.

I love kicking these off with a webinar, because I love the interaction from you and because I feel I can explain everything better on camera. Palease plan to join me Tuesday night, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time (10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Pacific) for our monthly kickoff party.

I would love to see all of you live, but there will be a replay for those who aren’t able to join us that night.

The best present you can give yourself is to get through the holidays without all the guilt.

So join us! Register now, mark your calendars for Dec. 5, and I’ll see you in the challenge group!

Happy, healthy eating!

Emily

5 thoughts on “Healthy Balanced Holidays Challenge

  1. Hey Ellen! This is just a very random question and i figured id ask you here on your latest, (snazzy) post! What are your thoughts on coffee? And if so, how do you incooproate it into your daily food routine? Thank you!!!

    1. Haha, no worries! I don’t drink coffee for religious reasons. I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as LDS or Mormons, and we don’t drink coffee or alcohol. I have heard from different healthy/unprocessed food bloggers that they like to use organic coffee, and some do the bullet proof coffee with healthy fats included. I’m afraid I don’t know much more than that, I’m sorry!

      1. Oh that’s very interesting! The reason I asked was because I saw that you get up so early in the mornings (5 am!!) and you never alluded to coffee or caffeine to help you get out of bed! Wow! How do you do it? XDXD

        1. Ha, good question! I believe that your body gets used to whatever you ask it to do. I used to be a big Dr. Coke drinker and didn’t know how to get through the day without it, but I haven’t had it in years now.

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