I know the holidays this year are 90% a bummer. What can we do with that other 10%? We can take this opportunity to reassess. If you feel like you just go through the motions every holiday, or go into the new year feeling depleted, this is our chance for a reset.
What foods, traditions, people, etc really mean to us.
What details are part of the foreground of our celebration, and what are just habit. Traditions vs habits.
I think next year's "conversations" might end up even tougher than this year's.
This year, we made decisions (some very hard ones!!) out of necessity, and hopefully with plenty of understanding and support. Next year, we'll have had a taste (no pun intended) of something different, and might choose a different kind of celebration, or food, or whatever out of PREFERENCE.
My plans this year have changed. Instead of a weekend of family and food, we'll be meeting up with my mom for a hike (probably more like a walk). When we decided on this, I thought 'why wouldn't we do this every year?'
I hope you get to enjoy this year even if it's different, or maybe you'll enjoy it BECAUSE it's different. Either way, have the foods that are special and worthwhile, and ditch the rest. Here are some tips for telling the difference.
Eat with your NON dominant hand. This will slow you way down, which means you'll eat less.
Sit Down. Make a deal with yourself to only snack or eat while seated. This cuts down on the grazing that's so easy to do while standing next to the snacks. If you're feeling too lazy to plate the food, walk away, sit down and eat it, you're not really hungry.
Use veggies as your "chip". Enjoy the guac, with cut veggies rather than chips and crackers. You'll fill up a whole lot faster and on a way fewer calories.
Have fun. Make it memorable. That means making a plan to only eat and drink MEMORABLE things. If your cousin brews his/her own beer and this is a special treat, then enjoy the heck out of it. BUT, if you're seated next to the tortilla chips and just munching because they are *there*, well, there's nothing memorable or "worth it" about that and chances are you're really going to regret it tomorrow.
Chew gum. Makes it less convenient to snack for snacking sake.
Hi! My name is Sarah, and I am the founder of Abundelicious. I help women let go of emotional eating and diet culture, while finding the foods, habits and movement that allow them to reach their wellness goals and thrive.
I'm into clean eating, traveling (beach please), helping folks eat and feel better, gardening (not very well), and bopping around my neighborhood with my dog.