When you think of the holidays, is food one of the first things that comes to mind?
Some of us can’t wait to cook, bake and eat all of those things we don’t make the rest of the year.
For others, it strikes fear of overindulging and gaining weight. Do you think, “How am I going to control myself around all of those tempting foods?”
If so, therein lies the problem. If you think that way, you are approaching the holidays, and eating in general, from a mindset of scarcity.
It’s not your fault. In our diet-obsessed world, this is how you’re taught to approach eating: you are going to be faced with an array of tempting foods, you have no control, but you have to resist eating them. How depressing!
But you also may be thinking: “I only have eggnog once a year, so how can I not have some?” or “We never eat latkes except at Hanukkah!” And this mentality makes you think that there is a scarcity of delicious food in your life and therefore you must eat these goodies while you can!
But is that really true?
Is there really a lack of yummy food in your life on a regular basis?
I’m not talking about what is in your refrigerator right now or what rules you may have imposed on what you can and can’t eat. I’m talking about what food choices you have available if you want them.
My guess is that for most people reading this, you’ve got tons of options. You can buy or prepare a dizzying assortment of delicious food very easily and most (if not all) of the time. You probably don’t have to go very far to find a good restaurant, bakery or gourmet shop. Even your local supermarket may have all kinds of scrumptious things to eat.
In other words, you live in a world with an incredible abundance of good food! So why view the holidays like this is your last meal? It is that mindset of scarcity that makes you feel like you need to eat these foods just because they’re there.
What if you adopted an abundance mindset? Instead of thinking, “This may be the last time I get to eat this,” think, “There’s so much great food to choose from! And I’m only going to eat the best things that I love the most. I deserve the best!”
This one change in your beliefs can make the difference between really enjoying your food without letting it control you and overindulging, and going overboard. I have seen this approach make a world of difference with my weight loss clients and their ability to not overeat.
Once you start adopting the abundance mindset, you won’t feel the need to overeat just because “it’s there.” You’ll know that you can always enjoy the foods you love, and that there will be more deliciousness the next time you’re hungry. So enjoy the holidays!
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I'm passionate about helping foodies learn how to drop their excess for good without dieting. I help you discover what is really causing your weight problem (it isn't that you love food!), fix it at the source, and teach you how to enjoy the foods you love while permanently losing your desire to overeat. I'd love to teach my method to you! I’m also a gourmet cook and baker who struggled with my weight for 40 years before discovering the secret of how to stop emotional eating and overeating. I am a certified life coach, arbitrator and mediator, and I live on the coast of Maine.