Tuesday, December 15, 2009
For many people, the holiday season is NOT the most wonderful
time of the year. Instead, it causes us to re-visit the pain
of broken relationships, loss of loved ones and lack of
connection in jobs or families. And sometimes, in spite of our
good intentions and goals, we reach for food as a way to fill
the holes in our lives.
The night I kicked my kettles, I thought about how easily I
tend to blame people, events, or even iron kettles for my
eating struggles. During those times when weíre hurting or
feeling weak and vulnerable in our lives, itís easy to think
that food will fix the problem. But like my childhood skinned
knee, eating is a foolish way to deal with emotions.
Nurturing and self-care
I donít have any big answers for managing this time of
year. I do encourage you to remember that food is only a
temporary solution to your pain. The next day, the holes in
your heart will still be there.
So, instead of reaching for ice cream or cookies, gather your
tools for nurturing and self care. During the month of
December, pull them out and make them a part of each day. Here
are some of my own favorites:
* Sit in my rocking chair by the window and enjoy a pot of
* Play my piano a lot, especially my favorite holiday music
* Do nice things for people such as give extra tips to
When I go through difficult times, I have to emphatically
remind myself that I DONíT need ice cream or other
high-calorie foods. Instead, I need release, comfort and an
outlet for the pain. Whether my pain is physical or emotional,
I have to figure out how to deal with it rather than heading
for the refrigerator.
And maybe kicking a few kettles now and then isnít such a
bad idea either.
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PS. I CAN SAY THAT I HAVE MANY SMILES WHILE SHOPPING, I HAVE ALSO SEEN PEOPLE IN A HURRY AND RUNNING OVER ONE ANOTHER WITH THIER CARTS (WALMART). I WILL KEEP MY MIND ON WHO CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THAT IS THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. THAT IS WHO I WILL CELEBRATE NOT GIFTS OR THE LACK OF. NOT FOOD LOL!!! NOT SNOW OR TREES. AFTER ALL HE CREATED ALL THINGS SEEN AND NOT SEEN.