Friday, December 5, 2014

Resist Holiday Temptation

Photo: Viktor Hanacek

Resist: to prevent yourself from doing something that you want to do

Temptation: a strong urge or desire to have or do something

Merry Christmas and pass the cookies, and fudge, and pie, and chocolate covered pretzels, and…and…and!

It's a difficult time of year to maintain healthy eating. So many parties, so much unhealthy - yet delicious - food! What's a girl to do?

It's not uncommon to eat more than you should or to eat the wrong kinds of food during the Christmas season. But if you do, so what? It's not the end of the world. Just pick up from right now and carry on.

Have A Plan

You know what food will cause you to overindulge. Know ahead of time what you will and will not allow yourself to eat.

Daniel 1: 8

Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself with the king's choice food

He had decided ahead of time, before the food was set before him, what his diet was going to be. He asked for vegetables and water.

I'm not saying you should only have vegetables and water in December (unless God tells you to), but know in advance what your plan is and stick to it.

Drink Water

Many times when we're hungry or have cravings it's because we don't drink enough water. Be sure to stay hydrated. Recommendation is half of your body weight in ounces every day. If that seems unrealistic, at least shoot for 48 ounces per day. The more you drink, the more you'll crave and the easier it will be to reach your goal.

Know Your Triggers

Do you have friends or family who stress you out? Remember that you have nothing to prove to anybody.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Walk away from the offender, take a couple of deep breaths and reach for a carrot stick. If necessary, find a quiet place to be alone for a few minutes to regroup.

Say Yes

You know Grandma's molasses cookies are going to be in abundance. Don't deprive yourself. They're only around once a year, so help yourself. But remember your plan; take only one, or even two, and eat it slowly.

Portion Control

Remember to eyeball your portions. A palm-size of meat, 1/2 cup of pasta, one handful of potato chips. Don't overload your plate and don't go back for seconds! Portion control the first time around is all your body needs. Unless you're loading up on vegetables, then eat all you want! (Just watch the dips and dressings portions. I know, I'm such a bore!)

Chew Slow

Whether it's sweets, garlic bread, lasgagne, Grandma's molasses cookies or whatever the temptation - chew slow. Notice the taste. Notice the texture. Small bites and slow chewing help you savor the Christmas treats and you'll enjoy them more than if you take big bites and chew fast.

Remember Your Goals

Think about the goals you have set for yourself. It's OK to indulge a little, but don't sabotage your plan and what you've accomplished so far. I don't want to see you overwhelmed with frustration if you go too far off the deep end! Think about your planned end result.


Pray before you attend the party or gathering. Ask Jesus to help you overcome the temptations that present themselves.

Don't feel guilty. In the overall scheme of life a little overindulgence at Christmastime isn't going to hurt you. Just be mindful of what you are putting into your body and make wise choices. Otherwise, you will have to purchase a gym membership in January! And really, who wants that?! 

I Corinthians 10: 13 (MSG)

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.

What ways have you discovered to resist temptation? I'd love to read your comments.

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