“I’m sorry, I can’t eat that. I’m on a diet.” (Hides in the pantry after everyone goes to bed nose-deep in “that” treat.)
“Sure! I’d love a piece of pie!” (Silently calculates how many calories/points/macros she’s consuming and whether she can eat anymore the rest of the day.)
“I can’t make it to your party. I’m double booked!” (Cringes at the reality of the situation- she’s just scared to come in case there are only foods served that don’t fit into her diet.)
“I need to walk after this meal!” (Plans out how she’s going to need to double up her workouts tomorrow to burn off the “damage” from this gathering.)
Do any of these ring a bell?
I’ve experienced ALL and then some. For 1/2 of my life, I was on a diet. It started harmless, but quickly spiraled into disordered eating and overexercising. I was tired, I was hurting, and I was HUNGRY. Holidays were especially challenging. All of those people- all of that food- all of those people expecting me to break my diet and eat all of that food! I went from not eating anything at all to eating entire pans of baked goods without a second thought. After so many binge and exercise purge sessions, I finally decided to try something else- NOT dieting. Since I’ve dropped the dieting lifestyle and embraced intuitive eating (one tip-toe step at a time), my life has changed drastically- and mindset even more so. It still amazing me how OUT of tune I was with my own body.
Holidays shouldn’t be something that we white knuckle through. They’re meant to be enjoyed- not too much, not too little, but juuuuuust right. And because you are a human that matters, this includes you!
But how do we get there? How do we get from a feeling of “guilt for every bite” to “calm and relaxed eating” during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
It’s filled with practical, easy steps to help you tune into your body’s needs and answer the calls with means other than food.
-the woman who finds herself dreading holiday gatherings because of food
-the woman who spends way too much time calculating points, macros, calories, or grams of fat
-the woman who tells herself she can’t eat anything enjoyable, only to find herself binging on everything she previously turned away
-the woman who feels completely out of control around food, especially during the holidays
Use it to help you participate in the holidays again.
Use it to help you approach gatherings with a calmer mind.
Use it to help you lessen the likelihood of a binge around a gathering.
Use it to help you remember to put yourself on the list.
Start by incorporating one of these things daily.
Right now. And when you get the hang of that, add another.
The more of these “tips” that you have automatically happening in your day,
the more calm you’ll likely feel around food and gatherings.
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