How Holiday Over-Eating Can Be a Gift

How’d the food-thing go this Christmas?

If you’re happy with how things went – fantastic! If you’re not so happy, that’s OK too because there’s valuable meaning in our messy eating experiences if we know how to mine it out.

Let’s talk it through and see what we can discover…

TAKE 5: First, take 5 quiet minutes to reflect. I know, I know, it’s not easy, but a little rumination changes everything. Just sit still. Quiet your mind and allow your body to relax. Think back on your eating experiences over the past few days.

FIND A POSITIVE: Try to identify one moment when your interaction with food was wonderfully satisfying. There was a lot of pleasure and peace in that moment.

What exactly was going on in your thoughts, your actions and/or your environment that made that such a good experience?

If you had one of those moments, acknowledge it. Examine it with curiosity. Share it with someone else on this food journey so they can bear witness with you. Mark it so you can remind yourself that you indeed can relate to food in this way.

Let each positive experience become a confidence-building guide for you.

REDEEM THE NEGATIVE: Now, without self-criticism, reflect on an eating moment you are not happy with? What was happening? Was there shame or anxiety around eating “fattening” or “illegal” food? Did you feel driven to over-eat by compulsion or distraction or secrecy or decades of old holiday habit? I encourage you to acknowledge and explore this too. Making space to understand what happened without judgment takes the power from it and gives it back to you, where it belongs.

RIGHT NOW: This is the time to do this good work, while it’s fresh. Next weekend we get a do-over! New Years is gonna give us another opportunity to step into a holiday feast scenario, this time with full awareness.

We can relax and eat food we love. 

We can slow down and enjoy it for all it’s worth.

We can enjoy an amount that feels great. 

The beautiful thing about approaching food in this way is that it spills over into how we approach Life. You’ll be more deeply connected to yourself, others, events, and moments.

Nurturing liberated eating cultivates The Art of Living Awake.

That’s a pretty amazing gift to give yourself in 2018!

 

Thank you for the chilly photo  Arnold Exconde on Unsplash

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