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A Bag of Strategies for Family Gatherings

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I always experience a good (ravenous) appetite at family & friends gatherings. I identify that this is anxiety rather than hunger.
I need to be concious of that or else I will eat a lot of chocolates, cheese, nuts, everything in sight!
The consequences to over-eating at Christmas & family gatherings are that I feel bloated, my stomach hurts and I sideline my feelings, but I still feel anxious.
Plus nothing is enough and everything is enough!
So this is how I could handle the gatherings consciously:

Drink a lot of alcohol. Pros- relaxing & legal.
Cons- fattening, can exacerbate moods, can lead to eating more than intended. We will be driving.
Strategy: Water bottle wherever I go. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Designate myself to be driver & enlist the larger group for support.

Celebratory Dining:
I intend to focus on dividing my plate the bikini style!
One bra cup is protein & potato, the other cup is desert & the bikini pants are salad & veg.
It is summer here in Australia after all!
Importantly- one serve of anything is enough!

In Between Offerings & Visits:
Just say "no thank you, I have just eaten". Drink my water, chew my gum? This sounds not relaxing and uptight too.
What about getting out and about with people- suggest a quick walk in the neighbourhood? Water their garden, etc...
This might work- cheese n' bikkies are my failure!
So, yeah, ask if they feel like taking a stroll with us!
This is hard to implement with my elderly mother (who loves us with food) but one can only try.

Keeping my water bottle with me & chewing gum when preparing meals could assist also!

About anxiety: I find that pausing to breath with awareness averts much of my stress. How to remind myself in the midst of it all?
Strategy: Establish a routine now so I remember when needed. How? An alarm on my phone. A rubber band on my wrist. Apparently this is an Emotional Feedback Technique.

Further suggestions welcomed, what do you do to take the focus off eating at this time of year?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TEENY_BIKINI 1/1/2012 11:47AM

    Cool! I love it! Great drawing too :)


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JAZZEJR 12/31/2011 12:53AM

    Don't forget to let us know which of these worked!

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/16/2011 4:51PM

    i love that drawing :) as for holidays you sound like you have a solid plan to avoid over indulgence, forget about giving you tips, i am takin tips from you :D

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MCJULIEO 12/15/2011 10:35AM

    Your strategizing will pay off in big ways...


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RED_WRITINGHOOD 12/15/2011 10:07AM

    Wonderful plan!

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