I spent the last 2 days decorating our house for the holidays. This is our favorite time of year. Beautiful lights, movies that are so hilarious and heartwarming we never tire of watching them & certain holiday songs that always make us feel peaceful.
Holidays, I have learned, are also a tough time of the year to be a new plant-based eater. I realized this last year when I felt I failed miserably. Even though I did a majority of the cooking, I still failed.
Why? Because you don’t mess with tradition. Holiday tradition = food!
We had company and we indulged. My sister-in-law mailed us 6 Tupperware containers of homemade cookies and we indulged. Our coworkers left food on our break room tables and we indulged. To say I lacked willpower last year is an understatement.
Many of us use the holidays as an excuse to pretend our food choices don’t matter. Until the New Year arrives and our pants are too tight! Last year I was still new to plant-based eating. I was only remembering my lemon water a few times per week, I was still eating dairy occasionally and I didn’t question the ingredients of things I hadn’t prepared myself.
Fast forward 1 year and my mindset has taken a complete U-turn. When we went to Thanksgiving dinner this year, I filled up on vegetables, hummus and guacamole before dinner. I knew exactly what I was getting, so I enjoyed them. When it was time to eat dinner, I wasn’t starving. I took a small plate and made a sample platter. I tried the turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes and some of the best brussel sprouts I have ever had! I made what I felt were smart choices.
Thanksgiving gave me confidence that I can survive Christmas too!
It is completely normal to have a setback here and there when we change our eating & exercise habits. We wake each morning to a new day, new choices, new decisions. We may try, but for most of us we can’t be perfect every second of every day. What we CAN do is not beat ourselves up about it.
Have a support system in place.
Take a deep breath.
It is going to be okay.
Holidays are an important time for many of us. If we can step away from the food and remind ourselves of the real reasons for the season… The food choices suddenly don’t seem so difficult.
I wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday season. Remember, all of us at Whitney’s Kitchen are here if you need us.