It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...YAY! If you didn't already know, my love for this time of year could qualify as an obsession- but can you blame me?! People are cheerful, the smell of pine trees is in the air, and friends&family gather to spend time giving to one another. There are beautiful lights and decorations, fun holiday parties with overly strong yet delicious eggnog, and Christmas tunes on repeat in every store.
'Tis the season to enjoy the company of others, to partake in (and create new) traditions, and most definitely to indulge! 'Tis not the season, however, to feel anything but joy about said indulgence. Actually, from now on instead of using the word "indulging," lets use the word "choosing" instead. I believe indulgence can have a negative implication to it (and after learning that the definition includes the words "remission of punishment" my belief was confirmed), so "choosing" it is. This, just like any other time of year, is simply a time of choosing.
But what do I mean by choosing? I mean just that. Choosing to go to every damn party you have been invited to because you are in control of your decisions and what you do or not put into your body (alcohol, food, etc). Choosing to reach for a third cookie because you truly want it, or choosing to have only one because you reeeeally savored it, making that one enough. Choosing to pass on the apple pie because you aren't a big fan and aren't hungry. Choosing to eat the pumpkin pie because you are a huge fan and aren't hungry.
What I mean is making the choice to love your body enough to not restrict and not to binge. You make the choice, again and again, to eat slowly and mindfully; to taste and feel grateful for every.single.bite.
I mean that you have the power to choose to have another dessert just as much as you have the power to pass it up.
You get to ask yourself "Will this truly make me happy?" then make a choice.
You have all of the power and all of the knowledge you need to choose to have a good time, to feel your absolute best, and to look back and remember how your nephew LOVED the gift you got, him instead of remembering how you "should have only had one serving."
I will not offer a list of "To Do's" such as "drink water" or "only pick one dessert" or "eat a healthy meal before" because every single one of us is different and every single one of us is intuitive in our own way. You know what you need and want. Your body knows what you need and want. Your intuition, your soul, your spirit know what you need and want. And I know what I want for you: to have the best Christmas yet. You deserve to enjoy this time. You deserve every wonderful moment. Remember that, and make choices from there.
Eat, drink, and be merry, because after all...
..."Tis the Season to be Jolly!"
As always, if you have questions or need some further guidance on this, don't hesitate to reach out. I am more than happy to help you enjoy this time of year.
Happy Holidays everyone!