Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Managing Food Centered Relationships

We know the holiday season brings us more food then most times of the year. It may also include family gatherings, parties and other social events that can evoke strong emotions. It can be disastrous to mix emotions and an abundance of can be, if we let it, but our emotions do not need to drive us to eat!!

You may hear things like this:
"You're not overweight!"
"You don't need to diet!"
"I made this just for you!"
"You can have one piece."
"If you lose any more weight, you'll blow away."
"It's our tradition!"

How will you handle these remarks?

Here's a couple of ideas to get you started thinking about these situations.
Be assertive- This doesn't mean being rude, it means being firm and loving, letting others know what you need from them. If you don't tell them what you need, don't expect them to read your mind!

Mentally rehearse how you will respond when your mother-in-law wants you to eat her pecan pie. Or when your husband says "You can have just one piece." Have a plan!
Know what you are doing is part of taking care of yourself.
What have you learned from experience? If you have 2 glasses of wine will you eat the whole pecan pie? If so, don't drink.

Every time you make a good choice you are empowering yourself to make another good choice. I know you can continue to succeed during the holidays, but it is crucial to be prepared!!

"Control your emotion or it will control you."~Unknown

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