Tis the season of sweets! Right? The couple pound weight gain is inevitable between the holiday parties, the yummy once-a-year-so-it-doesn’t-count cookies, and then there’s the eggnog and champagne and holiday brews.... nothing you can do about it. As my children used to remind me when they bumped up against another of my crazy rules, "Everybody's doing it." (They've long since given up and are counting the days until they can live on Doritos and Mountain Dew will streaming nonstop YouTube in their apartments that they will NEVER clean.)
Of course, you’re going to eat things you don’t normally eat. And that’s okay. Really. But there is something you can do to keep from slipping down that slope of oh-heck-I-might-as-well-eat-the-entire-cheesecake. You can eat intentionally. This week try two things.
First, really enjoy your food. For heaven’s sake if you’re going to beat yourself up over it anyway, you might as well enjoy what you're eating. Eat slowly. Savor the peppermint ice cream. Linger over the fudge. Appreciate every delectable bite of the crab dip. And while you’re at it - sit down and taste what you’re eating. Don't eat standing up or on the run. Pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. Celebrate the exquisite flavors and taste.
Second, cut back on your regular food patterns.You know you’ll be loading up on foods you don’t normally eat, so cut back on a few you do normally eat. Make a decision not to eat snacks this week. Or decide you’ll only have salad at lunch. Instead of two slices of toast in the morning, have one slice. Instead of that mid-afternoon pick-me-up Sickers bar, have a cup of tea. You’ll enjoy all of your food more, if you allow yourself to get hungry between meals. Hunger passes, calories don't. Challenge yourself not to eat habitually. Pay attention and put the fork down. You can do this.
If you can eat intentionally this holiday season, you won’t have to regret anything when it’s over. Except maybe you’re credit card bill.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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