Christmas is here and I’m still on track! I have been able to maneuver through a few holiday parties and now onto getting through today and tomorrow. We all know the C in Christmas means “CHOCOLATE” and lots of it, which is my weakness. Although I usually keep from bringing chocolate into my house I have to admit to purchasing some of course with the excuse to fill my children’s stocking. Oh and mind you I also stuff a stocking for my self - dah!
I have been very conscious of CHARTING everything that goes into my mouth and that includes EVERY PIECE of candy!! By charting I notice I do choose wisely to what and the number of pieces I consume in a day. When thinking to over indulgence in any type of food I resemble this to a person acting "as if” this were their last meal. I am very guilty of this and wonder why when I have never had to go hungry.
I have since tried to keep the mindset when eating that I will eat again and do not need to over indulge. I now eat to fuel my body with nutrients needed to attain health and realize that I can eat again when I am hungry and do not have to consume everything at once.
This has worked when eating candy as well. Before I would begin to eat 1) from the bag and 2) never came up for air - as if I didn’t consume it someone else would before I could. I would consume my candy so fast that I didn’t even enjoy it and was so unsatisfied when the bag was empty. Now I take a piece or two, depending on calorie count, as in MODERATION, and actually savor each taste. And it’s amazing how long a bag lasts so I get “many” days of enjoyment rather than as before only moments.
So I bid every one a Merry Christmas! and know you can enjoy all the pleasures of Christmas - even CHOCOLATE, but remember 3 things: 1) chart honestly everything you eat; 2) Take responsibility of what you consume and if necessary off set with burning extra calories through activity (remember calories in vs calories out) and 3) always eat in moderation, save some for tomorrow, the next day, the day after that and so on... Enjoy these days - don’t deprive your self “some” indulgence, else you’ll never be satisfied.