Love, Always

You learned how to overeat. You can unlearn it, too.

It was the day after Thanksgiving and I was chatting with two clients — a dad & his 7-year-old daughter.

I asked, “How did your holiday go?”

Both of them smiled, saying they had a great time with friends and family.

Then I asked, “Are you stuffed today from all that turkey and pumpkin pie?”

Both of them looked at me, somewhat surprised, and said, almost simultaneously: “No, that’s not a problem. Our family doesn’t really pig out.”

I found myself thinking, “Wow. A family that doesn’t have issues with food? It’s practically… a miracle!”

As I know — through my work as a psychologist and life coach, and also from personal experience — so many people struggle with overeating, over-drinking, over-spending, over-socializing (or whatever your “over” may be).

But as this father & daughter duo reminded me:

It doesn’t have to be that way.

It is possible to enjoy food, without overdoing it.

Just breathe that in. Imagine it.

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way to live?

This “new way” can begin today.

How?

– By choosing self-loving behavior (balance, moderation, self-respect) over excess.

– By asking questions like, “What would my true, wisest self choose right now?” (A third piece of pie? Or a lovely walk outside?)

– By reminding yourself, “My body is precious and it’s my responsibility to treat it with care and respect.”

– And by remembering this very important fact:

You learned how to overeat.

Most likely when you were a small child with a sponge-like brain, soaking up your own parents’ habits and attitudes about food. Which means…

You can unlearn it, too.

It may be a challenge. (That’s why there are coaches like me to help you.)

But it’s worth it.

Right now:

Imagine a life where food is a source of nourishment and pleasure, not frustration and anger. Where mealtime is a happy time. Where your body is strong, rested and fit. Where your kids get to grow up seeing you… looking & feeling your best.

You deserve that kind of life — and it’s yours.

 

If you choose it.

Have a beautiful holiday season filled with connection, celebration and wonderful food… in moderation!

Love, always.

xo.

PS. Parents! Learn about the power of teaching kids to say “No” to overeating, in my article on the Huffington Post, here.