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!

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