Summer is coming soon and Covid-19 still remains part of our lives.
The UK government aims to lift all restrictions on social contact on the 21st June. Britons are looking to slim down this summer.
In fact, these days, every month seems to be a busy time! Don’t you agree? But, this summer in particular adds an additional layer of stress because of all the demands on us physically, emotionally and financially.
For many years, I just couldn’t resist over-indulging at parties and savouring all the gifts that I received in fancy holiday packaging. I promised myself that I would get on track just as soon as January 1st rolled around. Does this sound familiar? How many times have you told yourself that your New Year’s Resolutions are the answers to your health and weight challenges?
I am a really simple woman at heart. I allowed my life to get complicated in past years but I much prefer being an old-fashioned, common sense. There is no magic pill, or magic list of “how to’s” that are going to “save” you over the holidays and avoid gaining weight if you simply over-indulge.
One of the most important factors to consider is whether this type of behaviour is common practice for you. Meaning, are you in the habit of self-sabotaging. Holidays are often excuses for going wild and losing all sense of control. Something that we can hide behind. Then we promise ourselves that this will all get straightened out.
Any new habits after the holidays are often short lived. Common sense tells us that unless it is a lifestyle and something that we enjoy, nothing is going to change long term! Right? I spent years not liking how I looked or felt during and after the holidays. I turned to diets as a “lifesaver” to get the extra weight off but I never got to where I wanted to be and I often felt deprived. Again common sense tells us that deprivation is not a happy place to be and will likely lead to binge-eating.
So what can you do to apply common sense this holiday season?
This is not rocket science! I’m just reminding you of what you already know. Plain and simple! No fancy packaging of a long complicated list to add more stress to your life.
When you make your health and weight an everyday priority, you don’t ever have to worry about the holidays again. Weight loss plans, panic about how to lose weight fast, the best foods for weight loss, weight loss supplements or the best way to lose weight are a thing of the past. Avoid putting on the extra pounds and save yourself the aggravation of trying to lose it.
Just apply good old fashioned common sense. Happy holidays and stay safe!
Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!