The holidays are such a busy time; shopping, socializing, family and friendly get-togethers keep us busy.
'Tis the season for temptations! Baking, delicious celebratory meals, drinks with friends; plus for some of us, it’s cold, and we just want to get cozy and eat comfort food!
Sometimes there are hard things to deal with this time of year too. The combined excitement and stress of the holidays can make sticking to our healthy eating plan quite a challenge.
I want to invite you to be really kind to yourself. You have done and are doing a lot to improve your health, and keto or no keto, your body is much better off from everything you have done.
If you fall off during this time of year... oh well! Most of us have had a lifetime of "all or nothing," and how did that make us feel? Like we failed. If we think of keto as a lifestyle, then it takes off the pressure to be "perfect."
I am doing "quasi keto" as I like to call it... I eat 80% keto over the holiday season, trying to get in my good fat and quality protein, keeping the carbs low... but when opportunities present themselves, I enjoy myself!
Back in the "bad old days" when I ate carbs and gluten all day long, I would be eating 80% crap and 20% healthy, so hey, it’s a vast improvement!
I just want you all to be SO proud of how well you are doing and NOT to feel guilty if you are not following the plan you’ve set out for yourself at this time of the year... we can be so hard on ourselves, and we just don’t need that!
Give the gift of kindness – to yourself! We are hardest on ourselves. The things we say to ourselves we would NEVER say to another person.
There are times when you may want to be stricter because you are trying to hit a target or really get into ketosis, but to me, the holidays are not that time… lazy keto for dinner and no guilt for dessert! Remember that there are many benefits to being keto, but it’s not a huge deal if you aren’t in ketosis every single day.
Let’s face it. We are all juggling a lot over the holidays. Events, a busy work schedule, the ever-present stress about who is going to be mad because they sat next to the wrong person at dinner on Christmas Eve or how are you going to find that one sold out toy that your kid specifically asked for from Santa. For many people, the holidays are a time of depletion, exhaustion even. Pushing yourself to stick to your diet plan may not be the best thing for you right now. In fact, it may even be detrimental to your mental health.
Have you been a little hard on yourself lately? Give the best gift you could ever get… the gift of kindness to yourself.
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You got this!
Leta ~ Intentionally Bare
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