I didn’t fit in well at all… (Yes that is me with my dog-just love this pic so thought I’d share…)
They built a show, one that they hope will bring in advertising revenue, based on “healthy lifestyles.”
It was the typical, tired, overused cliches and rules about dieting and how to get thin. A phrase that was used a lot was, “How to make it through the holidays without gaining weight.”
Is that really the best we can do? To “make it through” the holidays?
A caller called in and said that he eats an apple before going to a party so that he eats less at the party. Everyone cheered- what a “good” way to make it through the holidays- ??
That is such a diet mentality.
Here is a thin mentality dealing with the holidays:
I love the holidays- there is so much good food that I don’t usually get that I can enjoy. I get that smoked turkey from my aunt, there is eggnog and roast beef and special roasted vegetables at my sister’s house and I cook more than usual, including that strata for Christmas morning.
It is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy satisfying my hunger.
Before a special meal, I make sure that I am in Stage 2 hunger when it will be time to eat. (Not desperately hungry like when I am at Stage 3, just pleasantly hungry.)
I have learned over the years how to time this very well. You will too!
If I know I won’t make it to dinner without getting over hungry, I eat a little something I love from the appetizer table. (not an apple at home by myself!!) But, since I like the actual meal better than the appetizers, I would never fill up and waste my hunger on that. (There are sometimes when I prefer appetizers, but not over the holidays!)
Anyway do you get the idea?
It is a mindset that isn’t afraid of the holiday food! I appreciate holiday food. But, since I can always eat what I crave when I am hungry, there is ZERO motivation to over eat.
The longer you are a thin mentality person, the less tolerance you have for over eating. It is a terrible feeling to overload your stomach. It ruins the evening- or day. I haven’t done it in a long long time, but I remember the feeling well.
It was always especially bad after dieting. After weeks or months of strict eating, I would just lose it and binge. I know you know the feeing. To be free of that is such a triumph. I never ever ever worry about that anymore.
I am not special. This is normal.
I hope you had a good holiday season. I hope you enjoyed great food when you were hungry. I hope you stopped when your fantastic body said, “enough.”
It takes some trial and error for a thin mentality to take hold. Be willing to get through it. The reward: thin, happy, relaxed around food. (For the rest of your life.)
Happy 2013 🙂