Holiday food is everywhere!!! It’s inescapable…chocolate bark, bacon wraps, cheesy dip and chips, sugar cookies – in the office, from the neighbors, in the grocery store – and it’s just getting started…
So how are we gonna get through this next month without constant food-preoccupation, goodie-anxiety and fear of gaining weight?
Is it even possible?
Yes. It is. And – it will take changing how you relate to food everyday, not just this time of year.
Here are 2 STRATEGIES to consider:
- There is no food I have to overeat in order to enjoy it fully.
This means stepping into permission and away from your old diet-shame. It’s never worked – in fact, it’s made us act crazy. Making certain foods “forbidden” causes anxiety and leads to all-or-nothing thinking. This leads us to eating none of it (and wanting it badly) or a TON of it (and feeling guilty and fat). This is a lose/lose mindset.
So let’s make this paradigm shift: There are no illegal foods – and – I am capable of enjoying a reasonable amount.
- BEST BITES: You can decide to eat 3 best-bites. After 3 or 4 bites the taste diminishes anyway.
- ONE “PERFECT” SERVING A YEAR: You can decide to eat one reasonable helping of your favorites this year. One delicious slice of coconut cake with boiled custard – savored fully. Once you’ve had it you don’t have to eat again until next year. This is one way to “have your cake and eat it too”.
2. There is no food I have to eat at all.
You are free. If you feel you cannot eat a reasonable amount of a certain food without overdoing it (right now), then you can step into your own power to choose not to interact with that food this year. You can always reevaluate things for next year.
- FIND NEW FAVES: When you take something out, be sure to find a satisfying alternative to put in its place. Don’t leave a vacuum. Leaving a void invites feelings of deprivation and intense cravings. If you just can’t handle sugar cookies peacefully this year, be sure to find a spicy fruit compote or tea recipe to enjoy instead. Find new ways to treat yourself.
These 2 STRATEGIES can help you take the sting out of holiday eating anxiety. And, if you’d like to change how you relate to food permanently, let’s talk. There’s no need to spend another year feeling crazy around food!