Post-holiday struggles: Relearning healthy habits

Do you feel like you pick up bad habits around the holidays? Not only were we busy with regular holiday activities this year, but we also moved to a new home 4 days before Christmas.  

Now, some of you may think that dietitians eat perfectly all the time – I can tell you up front that this is not true. We are people too, especially in cases like I have just described. 

I will admit to a diet of take out and pizza for the whole family for 2-3 weeks straight. In the midst of all the stress, I wasn’t too worried about making the healthiest choices either, and I liked it. There are definitely physiological and psychological ways that the body can become addicted to fat, sugar, and salt – I was addicted to all of these during the holidays this year, and I liked it.

Now we are finally getting settled, the holiday visits and parties are over, and things are getting back to normal. I realize how nice it is to eat a relatively healthy dinner at the table again as a family. The Dessert and Saturated Fat–O-Meters are returning to normal levels and I am good with it.  

I feel I am purging myself of the holiday food madness and it feels good and right! Here’s to a new year of healthy eating!

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