How do Holiday meals go for you?
I’m checking in post-Thanksgiving 2012 and I’m very happy. I’ve come a long way from the days when I’d eat and drink myself into a bloated, gassy, moody fog that would last until my January detox.
This year, I was in control with food, enjoying family, and feeling great. Yes! And, I’m 100% confident this will carry through the entire month. The Holidays get better every year for me.
Of course, I’m only catching up to Richele in this regard, as she has been empowered and in control during the Holidays for so many years now.
Looking back on my success, I see 4 success strategies at play.
#1. Bring Our Own Quality
We were not hosting the dinner, but we did offer to bring much of the food. I brined and roasted a pastured turkey from Ferguson Family Farms. The meat was so juicy thanks to “brining” instructions from personal chef and cooking teacher Zeke Phillips. Richele made an amazing variation of our Creamy 5-Flavor Kale Salad with perfectly toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum! We emphasized the dishes we knew we could count on for quality.
#2. Maintain “Loving Boundaries”
Knowing I wanted to feel amazing all weekend, I committed to maintaining loving boundaries. The first boundary I knew to keep was “quantity.” I did NOT overeat dinner OR dessert this year! Plus, I avoided snacking before dinner, so I’d be at full digestive capacity to handle the meal.
The second boundary I knew to keep is with my own individual food sensitivities. Some of my sensitivities are common (e.g. gluten and dairy) while others are really surprising (e.g. avocado and brown rice). Taking a 6 month break will theoretically eliminate the sensitivity, reduce inflammation in my body and continue to heal my gut.
I’ve only learned about these recently through a special testing called ALCAT. Richele and I are following a 4-day rotation diet with our allowable foods. We’ll keep you all posted on our experience with this test and therapy, which shows promise for stubborn weight gain and chronic illnesses.
#3. Connect Food With My Future
It’s so easy to say, “Screw it! I’ll start eating healthy again tomorrow,” when faced with a spread of cheese plates, delicious Holiday favorites, decadent desserts, and cocktails. Where does the discipline come from to stick to my commitments?
Well, for one, I remind myself of the pain and regret I have felt in the past when overeating. I don’t want to go back there!
Secondly, I equate my food commitments to a symbolic “ticket” to creating a healthy, happy and fun future. It’s almost like I’m part of an exclusive club that has inside information about how to manifest dreams. Not that it’s true, but it’s helpful and fun.
#4. Focus on Love
A lot of emotional eating in my life seems to have been triggered by the judgment that “something is wrong.” It could be self-judgment, judgment of my loved ones or judgment about the state of the world. At Thanksgiving, I actively practiced unconditional love for myself and for everyone there. When I felt uneasy in a conversation, I looked for what I could appreciate about myself and each person there. When I felt stressed, I took a walk, played with the dogs or hung out with the baby… much easier to unconditionally love them. 😉
Anyway, that’s enough from me and my Holiday meal experience.
What about you and yours?
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What Is Your Relationship to Holiday Meals Like?
- Are you typically successful at Holiday meals? If so, tell us your tips and keys to success!
- Do you struggle at Holiday Meals? What is your biggest challenge?