By Kathleen Nightingale, CCHt

It’s that time of year again; the holidays are upon us.

And you know what that means: Lots of great food and connecting with family and friends. So, how do we avoid regretting the manifestation of holiday weight that can lead to another new year’s resolution?

Let’s start with the counter-intuitive way (which does NOT involve “Die-its”). “Wait, you mean I CAN eat those fattening holiday foods?” Not only can you but trying NOT to will undermine your waistline.

I teach people how to work with their subconscious mind, which is the largest part of our mind. (Diets work with the smallest part – the conscious mind.)

Here’s how the subconscious mind works: It doesn’t know how to NOT do something. (If we tell children to not run with scissors, they will imagine doing it, which leads to them actually running with the scissors.) That’s not very effective, is it?

Focusing on NOT eating is counterproductive. Also, deprivation leads to feeling bad about ourselves, which negatively impacts our self-esteem; the cornerstone to health and wellbeing.

So stop fighting it. Allow yourself to enjoy those foods, and let go of deprivation because it WILL backfire. Instead, think of it as an eating “meditation”.

Relax, breathe, take a bite, and enjoy. What does it taste like? Is it sweet, salty, crunchy or creamy? Slow down, and be in the NOW. And when you slow down, you will give yourself time to actually feel full.

Where we get into trouble is when we eat out of stress or for emotional reasons. And allot of times, we aren’t even aware of what we’re eating; we’re just cramming it in, and the calories mount up fast.

The Holiday Checklist

Here’s a simple checklist:

  1. Breathe. Don’t let holiday stress get the best of you.
  2. Detach from any family drama or negative emotions. (If necessary, take yourself off to a relaxing beach in your mind or whatever works for you.)
  3. Slow down, be in the now and enjoy every bite.

Often times it’s not WHAT you’re eating, but what’s eating YOU.

So go forth into the holidays and enjoy! Be happy, be you, eat the foods you love. Find that balance within yourself, and your weight will find its own balance.

Note from Dale: Check out Lose the Diet: Transform your body by connecting with your soul by Kathleen on Amazon. Click here to see more.