Recently, I had a holiday dilemma I was facing.
I was struggling with the choice of making memories that were important to me — which came in the form of baking holiday cookies with my kids — because the same thing happens to me every time I bake at home. I knew if I made cookies with my kids, I would eat half of them.
I’ve avoided making cookies at holiday time for the last 3 years for this reason.
But, I got the strong urge to make cookies this year. I found a recipe our family would love (we are peanut butter fanatics, so I searched high and low for the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe I could find). I made the dough with my kids, and we baked it together.
Yes — everything I predicted would happen happened. I ate them — a LOT of them.
AND — my kids and family loved the cookies. They kept asking for more, and were so excited to eat them. We saved some cookie batter and my kids can’t wait to bake the cookies for Santa Claus to come. We all love this wonderful special cookie thats perfect for our family.
Sometimes, its just ok not to be healthy.
I enjoyed a special time with my kids and this memory making doesn’t happen everyday.
I don’t always have to feel guilty – I have to live my life. I have to be less hard on myself.
My wish for you during these holidays is to enjoy yourself. If you’re holding yourself back from doing something because you feel guilty, consider the options of doing or not doing it.
If you decide to do something that’s not the healthiest option, free yourself of guilt — and just enjoy yourself.
Reflecting on 2014
I think it’s really important to reflect back on your year during this time. I always take a look back and think – how far have I come since last year? When Im living my everyday life, I dont get a chance to think about this.
Im so thrilled that you have been reading my blog — theres so much we talked about together in 2014. I know feeling amazing about yourself is important. You want to have energy, confidence, and feel positive.
During 2014 I showed you how to add protein to your breakfast to keep you more full and help increase your metabolism during the day. I showed you my afternoon snack guidelines and recommendations to have more energy in the afternoons. We talked about how to build 1 and more healthy habits and accountability into your life. It’s the difference between wanting to get healthier and lose weight and actually doing it.
What are a few things you have learned this year? What has changed between last year and this year? Think about your progress and far you have come.
Supporting you where you are
I want you to appreciate where you are right this moment. A beautiful young woman, who has accomplished so much. Youre vibrant and curious about what else you can do. Though you have come so far, you want to go even further. That is the sign of a successful person.
During this holiday season, feel good about your choices. For realistic tips to get through the holidays feeling great, see these 2 articles I recently wrote:
- 3 Tips to Survive the Holidays Guilt-Free – my article on 54health here.
- The Best Healthy Holiday Recipe for the Christmas Season (my recipe!) – see FitnessReloaded here.
My mom, sister and I are planning to make a ton of recipes from my free “Healthy Holiday Recipes” book for our family’s Christmas dinner — and they will not even realize how healthy they are, because they will be so delicious! If youre still thinking of finalizing a menu or want to have healthy comfort food around, here are the 5 recipes from my Holiday Recipes ebook:
- Crockpot 3-Bean Chili
- Coconut Green Beans
- Spiced Sweet Potatoes
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Lemon Garlic Tilapia
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I will meet you on the other side in 2015 with guidance to begin the year feeling positive and satisfied with where you are in your journey to improvement.
Happy Holidays and a very warm and Happy New Year! Please leave me any comments below!