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For most people, healthy eating habits fly right out the window during the holidays, even if you have really good intentions. What I’m going to teach you today will change that.
I mentioned to my husband that I was going to teach you about Elastic Eating during the Holidays and he said, “Is that like making sure you have your stretchy pants on when you’re eating?” OH my word…
Now, this originally came up because a few days ago, Deborah, one of the ladies in my Jumpstart 30 course came to me feeling concerned about the holidays right around the corner and what it normally does to her eating habits. She said,
What really bothered Deborah the most was that she did always make progress when she was disciplined and felt healthier, more energetic, and more comfortable in her body.
I told her she needed to become an Elastic Eater, especially during the holidays.
Let me explain…
Deborah was trying too hard to be rigid with her food choices, like a board - perfectly disciplined, stiff, and immovable.
While this works great for a little while, pretty soon the weight of it built up enough to snap that rigid board - there’s no flex, there’s no give.
Instead, she needs her eating habits to resemble something more elastic, and so do you if you want to avoid the Stretchy Pant Syndrome over the holidays.
So, I am going to teach you about ELASTIC EATING - or basically how to become more flexible with your eating habits.
Alright, what is Elastic Eating?
Start with the regular size or regular shape - these are the ground rules for your basic eating habits, what you eat when you’re not stretched. Your normal. The tried and true principles that will never fail you and will always make you feel your best. (These were also all of those habits that Deborah was trying to do perfectly.)
You should know these by now, but I’ll remind you real quick:
This is the shape of your band when you’re not being stretched.
The solution is to adhere to these ground rules, your basic shape, most of the time, but then allow for some appropriate flex.
What does this mean and what does this NOT mean?
So just like with the flexibility of your muscles, where having super tight muscles is bad and ALSO having hyper-elastic or hyper-mobile muscles is bad, too - the same goes for elastic eating.
Here are some good examples of Elastic Eating in action:
Should we do one more?
You’re starting to see that Elastic Eating is all a process of mindful give and take, balance and moderation. You’re not being strict, but you’re not letting yourself be out of control, either.
Elastic Eating is about following the guidelines, flexing and stretching at the edges sometimes, but then sliding right back to the basic guidelines at the very next opportunity, never away from the true center for very long.
Ask yourself what your level of elasticity is right now in this season: are you trying to be too tight or are you too loose?
I told Deborah that she was trying to eating perfectly - she was too tight. So I had her intentionally practice being more flexible by making herself eat a splurge everyday to prevent becoming too strict and rigid.
If you’re too loose and you’re getting caught up in the holiday foods, and you’re only eating healthy meals once or twice a week, then you need to revisit those ground rules and decide which of those things could use some more discipline and structure. Start there.
If you need more help, let me give you my Holiday Splurging Blueprint that teaches you how to **AVOID YOUR TYPICAL HOLIDAY EATING MISTAKES WHILE ACTUALLY ENJOYING FOOD THIS SEASON. Just go to holidaysplurging.com or the link in the show notes.
At the end of the day, you’re ultimate destination with your nutrition is to be an Elastic Eater - it works in every scenario, especially holidays.
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