One Powerful Tool For Sane Holiday Eating

typewriter-407695_960_720Halloween is behind us.

It’s the perfect time to explore: How do I feel about my eating experiences this past week? 

Let’s talk about one simple, powerful tool that will help us glean valuable lessons from this first holiday of the season and strengthen us for the rest:

Here it is: Keep an on-going travel log.

Now before you click away, hear me out…

I am NOT talking about a food journal about what you shoulda, woulda, coulda done! I am talking about a safe place to see what’s happening more clearly and make observations that’ll positively affect your next steps.

NOTE: If you don’t like to write, use the voice recorder on your phone. You can even erase it right after you record it, if that makes you feel better. The point is to…

Get your thoughts out of your head so you can
genuinely hear them, gain insight from them, and be a friend to yourself.

Each holiday season is a new voyage, whether it’s a few quiet meals or a raucous string of chaos – either way, there is The Food Thing. We can feel like helpless victims of constant holiday cuisine, or we can reframe and realize that we have a lot of agency in this matter. Keeping a travel log is just the thing.

Helpful rules of engagement:

  1. Keep it SHORT – unless you like to write long
  2. Keep it SIMPLE – If you complicate this you won’t do it. Staple some paper together – no need to buy a new journal.
  3. Keep it about DISCOVERY  Be curious. Get specific about your observations.
  4. Keep it about looking FORWARD – not being stuck in the past. A travel log is not a place to vent complaints or regrets. It’s a place to record new discoveries and insights.
  5. Keep it POSITIVE – no self-condemnation allowed. This is about looking for future solutions, not berating past choices.

• How do I feel about how I ate over Halloween?
• What do I want to remember from this, for Thanksgiving?
• What tool would have been most helpful?
• If nothing changes about my holiday eating, what will be the outcome?
• How will I handle that?

Keeping a travel log gives you a safe space to:

  • Step back and evaluate
  • Recognize what’s really going on in your food-life (ex: mindful vs. auto-pilot)
  • Brainstorm possible strategies/tools for getting the results you want
  • See and celebrate what’s working well
  • Make clear connections between yourself and possible emotional eating (holidays are fraught with feelings!) so you can be prepared
  • Remember what you really want, so you can bring your choices in alignment with those dreams

Two days after Halloween is the perfect time to get started. Don’t wait – just thinking about doing it won’t get the job done. Grab a pen and paper – or go find a quiet place to talk to yourself – whatever works best for you.

Happy holiday traveling, discovering & eating !!!


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