Just wanted to post a quick note to wish everyone a happy holiday! This holiday season, I hope that you can eat intuitively, and enjoy all the wonderful food that this time of year has to offer without guilt or remorse. Just try to relax, taste the food you're eating, and listen to your body's signals telling you when you've had enough. And try your best to ignore well-intentioned but misguided advice (such as from this article: "Tips for surviving the holidays emotionally intact and without weight gain"- wearing tight clothing most definitely will not keep you from eating too much! If anything, it will have the opposite effect of making you focus more on the parts of your body that you're not happy with, causing you to feel terrible, very possibly resulting in a rebellious binge eating episode).
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Get lots of rest, take care of yourself, and if you overeat or eat something when you're not hungry, it's okay! Sometimes there are circumstances where we have to eat out of obligation (or risk offending Aunt Betsy by refusing to try her creamy green bean casserole!), even if we're not hungry, and these seem to come up even more frequently during the holiday season. Just remember: No one meal or snack will cause you to gain weight. It's what you eat over the long term (over several days or weeks) that's important.
Also, with the New Year approaching, it's tempting to make resolutions that involve dieting. But, as I've said before in a previous post, these don't work, and can often do more harm than good.
Anyway, enjoy the holidays! Stay tuned in 2013 for more exciting posts on EatWithYourGut.com!