When we worry about what the numbers on the scale read, or what size the label on our clothing says, it is too easy to fear eating on the holidays. If we let our thoughts enter that place of fear, we rob ourselves of the joy of family, friends, and the natural enjoyment of traditional, celebratory foods. Foods that trigger happy memories and pleasure—call them comfort foods if you’d like.
We celebrate the holidays with both sides of our families on the same day. Feasts are served at each home. It brings me no pleasure to feel sick because I stuffed myself. The boundaries ingrained into my belief system is to stop eating when I am comfortably full. This allows me the pleasure to enjoy all foods without getting sick. This removes anxious thoughts about putting on weight too.
I’d like to propose a challenge to you this holiday. Lighten the load on your mind, while giving yourself permission to relax and enjoy the upcoming holidays.
- Give yourself permission to enjoy all the foods you want to eat.
- We live in a place where food is in abundance, allowing us many options. Give yourself permission to slow down and savor each bite.
- If you want dessert, give yourself permission to have some. If you feel full after your meal, give your stomach time to digest, then have dessert a little later. Or, if you want dessert right after your meal, take a smaller portion of food, so you have room in your tummy for dessert.
- If you don’t want the I overate, sick feeling afterwards, give yourself permission to eat, but set boundaries to stop eating when you feel comfortably full. Don’t eat foods you don’t like just because they’re on your plate. Select foods that bring pleasure to your taste buds. You can always go back later in a few hours for seconds or bring leftovers home for a future meal.
This Thanksgiving, may you have peace of mind, enjoy the food, company, and great memories.
Blessings and good health to you and yours!