This time of year is hard. There are all sorts of goodies being baked and given as gifts and brought into offices and set out at parties. Everywhere you turn there is some sort of yumminess calling your name. And I am a self-admitted sugar addict.
I seriously have no control over it. It's crazy. How people can only have one cookie or one brownie is beyond me. Put cookies in front of me and I will go to town!! I have to make the boyfriend bring them to work with him (or hide them) so I eat something other than cookies.
*Seriously* I'm out of control.
The sad truth is that I know how it makes me feel to overindulge on sugar. My stomach is upset, I sleep poorly, I get awful headaches, and my moods are beyond grumpy. So why do I continually reach for those sweet treats?!
I'll be the first to tell you that I was awful about beating myself up over eating this way, or "slipping up." I thought I had to eat "perfectly" all the time. You know, perfect paleo. No coffee. No sugar. No gluten. Just healthy. All. The. Time.
But that's hard too. And seriously not a whole lot of fun. I was stressed all the time. And I analyzed every little thing I picked up and chose to eat.
Do I still do that now? Yes, occasionally. But nowhere near how I used to. I allow myself to enjoy the occasional treat and not feel like a total failure!
However (there it is), it becomes a problem for me when it is no longer occasional. When it becomes an everyday treat. And I feel awful. Every. Single. Day.
The holiday season does that to me. Darn those yummy treats!!
So how do I combat that? Well...in a number of different ways. I maintain my physical fitness regiment because I would go crazy without it. And I allow myself to enjoy a couple treats here and there. Then I bring them to work or have the boyfriend bring them to work. I don't keep the temptations around!! And lastly, I make sure I'm eating healthy around those treats! I don't fill up on sugary goodness!
I know!! I know! This is easier said than done! Believe me! I've been there! In fact, I was just there Sunday night! I was hungry and we were handed two full bags of cookies. I don't even know how many cookies I had, but I told Scott we needed to eat dinner (something of substance) because I couldn't have cookies for dinner. And then I made him bring them to work, LOL.
But you know what? I still got up and went to the gym Monday morning. And I ate healthy all day. And I'm still alive!!
But in the long run, eating an obscene amount of sugar is not healthy. Especially for me....someone who has a predisposition for diabetes.
So I'm back to basics. I know I have to watch my sugar intake. Will I enjoy this holiday season with friends and family? You better believe it. Will I limit the number of sweet treats I allow myself? Yup.
I wanna be around for awhile (and super healthy!).
I hope you have a beautiful holiday! Merry Christmas!! Spend it with your loved ones!! And enjoy it!!
With love and wellness,