Put People Before Food
Something that’s helped me greatly on my healthy-curves journey is deciding when I’m showing up for the people and when I’m showing up for the food. Sometimes, spending time with the people I love is all I need to feel happily full, so I don't mind ordering the salad when my friends and I get together for one last brunch before we fly home to see our families. On the other hand, if my Uncle Arthur invites us over for his famous sweet-potato pie that I only have access to once a year, I'm not passing it up.
Eat In A Loving Environment
There’s a big difference between enjoying Christmas dinner surrounded by people I love and rushing through forkfuls of cold leftovers at 11 p.m. in front of the refrigerator. As someone who has a tendency to binge eat, the combination of an abundance of rich foods and full days of Christmas vacation can wreak havoc on my health. I've fallen into the grazing-all-day trap, as well as eating when I’m not hungry and eating alone, which automatically means I eat more — just because the food's there.
My gym schedule is non-negotiable during the holiday season. That may mean arriving to the holiday party late after Zumba or leaving the party early if I have a 6 a.m. training session planned. When I move more, I am more mindful of my eating. Also, it gets me out of the house during Christmas vacation, when I have time off. It can also be an alternate way of spending time with my family and friends — last year, my sisters joined me for walks after meals.