Change your mental framework. Just like glasses help us see better, our mental framework helps us interpret our environment and actions. When we have a mental framework that looks negatively on having one too many pieces of pie, then we are more harsh on ourselves as a result. Even a mental framework that unhealthy food or holiday eating is bad for us can negatively impact us. Instead, I encourage having a mental framework that is more flexible and accepting. We can be more kind to ourselves for giving in to eating carbs and sweets. We can also be more accepting that we are good and worthy no matter if our waistline is not where we think it should be.
Have positive thoughts about food. We often make food our enemy when it's really not. Food keeps us strong, nourishes our brain, and brings us closer to our loved ones. So instead of hating on high carb delicious foods, we should savor and look at them more positively for the good things they do for us.
Manage your stress. Holidays are a happy time, but can be stressful due to financial, family, or even emotional reasons. Stress can contribute to more cravings and even emotional eating. Stress during the holidays does not necessarily come from negative things, but managing it no matter the cause is beneficial all around. It can help us enjoy the holidays more. Since stress is higher as Thanksgiving or Christmas approaches, managing our stress can especially help us to enjoy the days leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas day. It's a month and a half of happiness that we miss out on when we do not manage our stress.