We're of the belief that a bunch of smaller actions over time will reap you higher long term success because you've made changes that are virtually undetectable to your Inner Resistance Monster. And, doing something tiny like eating one less piece of cheese, or taking the stairs versus the elevator is better than doing zero.
Now, we're in the throes of holiday food gluttony. There is food EVERYWHERE, and it's almost impossible to avoid it, and forcing yourself to not eat any of it is really an unnecessary battle. Being food jolly doesn't mean that you have to end up jiggly. As soon as you start feeling deprived, that's just going to trigger your cravings even more, so it's better to appease the cravings versus taking a Nada approach.
One thing that can help you enjoy some of your favorite foods is to take slivers versus slices.
See the pie chart of pie. Having a sliver of something will give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the pie without breaking your caloric bank account for the day. The sliver approach is also very helpful in buffet type scenarios because we know just how quickly a plate can fill up and stack up.
So, partake and feel guilt free. Even if you over do it a bit, that's okay. Tomorrow is another day and you can cut back on that day or go exercise a little bit longer. The key is balance and being kind to yourself; the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season.
Do you find that the sliver approach has helped you to enjoy yet avoid over indulging?