Finding balance can be difficult at all times of the year, but especially during the holidays. The season is in full swing, and the parties and family gatherings will continue for the next few days. Everyone puts so much emphasis on what happens between Thanksgiving and New Years, but really- if the emphasis was placed on what happens between New Years and Thanksgiving, the last month of the year wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) really matter.
Vacations and parties can be difficult health-wise, especially when you aren’t the one buying the food for the occasion. But if you practice balance (eat some of your favorites, but don’t forget some fruits and veggies) and make a commitment to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible (i.e. don’t wait until New Years Day unless absolutely necessary) then there will be no harm done. What’s worse than feeling guilty about eating too much pie, is looking back on your life and realizing that you haven’t been enjoying it. Obsession is never healthy, and it’s important to relax! The holiday season brings the importance of family traditions. While some (or all) of those traditions may be food related- try starting a new tradition that isn’t- anything from a Christmas walk in the afternoon, ice skating, etc. But remember to enjoy.