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Food is NOT the enemy: Thanksgiving blog #2

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is in just a couple of days. Hard to wrap your mind around, huh?
I know there is so much temptation & when you are dealing with any kind of weight issues, it can be a tough holiday.

Whether you have a battle with weight, an eating disorder, medical issues, or a combination, it can take a toll on your emotional health. It is also easy to view food as an enemy or a villain but that's not the case. The real battle is our own mentality. We are our own worst critics and our own worst enemies. Food is just in the path of the destructive thinking patterns.

Focus on treating yourself well this Thanksgiving. The less harsh you are on yourself, the more positive you become & in turn, the better choices you make.

It's okay to have anxiety over the dishes being served but remember, you are in charge of your choices.

The goal isn't to be perfect. The goal is to try using the new strategies you are learning. Remember, progress, not perfection.

Even if you are not where you want to be physically, you are still here and you may have accomplished so much emotionally.

This journey is a continuous process & we will continue to learn as we keep going.

It's okay to give in to a couple of treats. Moderation is key but if you are still learning portion control and moderation, that is okay. Just try your best.

There is NO reason to feel guilty for enjoying a meal & indulging in a piece of pumpkin pie.

I read something someone wrote on a blog a while back. I wish I could remember who it was & if it was you let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. I don't know if I have this exact but here it goes:

"Would you feel guilty for filling the tank in your car with gasoline? Probably not, so why would you feel guilty for nurturing your body. Food is just that, fuel for your body."

I hope that hits a chord with someone out there who is struggling.

I know it's still going to be a major struggle for a lot of you.

All of you are working hard and putting effort into learning healthy coping strategies for your issues. No matter where you are at at this moment, you should be proud of yourself for just deciding to tackle your issues.

It's a continuous process but you are capable of doing well, even on tough holidays.
Don't be your own worst enemy. Remind yourself of all the positive changes you are making and have already made.

Another issue that may be a struggle for a lot of you is your family members who aren't invested in becoming healthier. Some of them may ask you or even push you to eat something when you don't want to. It is okay to say NO. Don't sabotage yourself to spare their feelings. If you have a difficult time saying no, thank them for offering and tell them you may have a piece later. They will probably forget as time goes by.

So to sum up: The biggest battle is within yourself. Focus on something positive about yourself & be kind to yourself. Remember, you are in charge of your choices. You are strong and capable. It is okay to enjoy your meal. Progress, not perfection.

I wish you all a very wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    Great blog - very uplifting and positive. Thanks for the motivation.
    1944 days ago
    Love the blog! Have a great Thanksgiving!
    1944 days ago
    AMEN! Surviving the holidays will take focus and detemination but, we can do it. I am not going to stress myself out with what I can and can't eat. However, I'm not going to use the holiday as an excuse to eat in abundance and not exercise. If I want more cake-- I'm getting more cake. I will also use the tools we've been practicing all along- moving more, drinking water, and tracking my food no matter how awful it starts to look.

    This was a great blog and a positive reminder that there is no excuse to just throw in the towel because of the holiday. Now, please get started on the post-Thanksgiving forgivenss blog!!!!
    1944 days ago
  • ALI_P7
    Great blog, well said & written! Thanks for posting it.

    All this week I've been telling myself "all things in moderation, in moderation". Just because I'm going to allow myself to indulge in a Thanksgiving meal does not mean I can or should make poor food choices for the rest of the week.

    One meal, one day will not derail any of us!!! On that note, Happy Thanksgiving :)
    1944 days ago
    There is a lot of wisdom and truth in what you say and I hope people find it useful this Thanksgiving Day. I don't believe in total deprivation. If you really want pumpkin pie and deny yourself you might binge later. That has happened to me with other desserts. Take a piece, one only. that is a reasonable size. Unless, of course it is a trigger food for you. Somehow, I doubt something that is related to a vegetable - squash, would send someone off on a bender - hee, hee. Great post! emoticon
    1944 days ago
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