Well I have realized that I eat more immediately after the holidays. I think I'm bored and I certainly don't want to have to take down the tree, do all the laundry, put away the decorations and on and on. I actually eat less when I'm slightly stressed and doing things I enjoy like preparing for Christmas. Boredom is a big trigger for me as is all the clean up after the holidays. I enjoy all the leftovers, stale cakes and cookies---yuk.
Does your DH enlist your help and does he clean up???? Do you have company or is it just immediately family? Maybe you could ask if there is anything you could do for him ahead of time to ease "his" burden. If he doesn't want your help, perhaps you could take a nice long walk or nap on Christmas. You didn't mention in this post if you have kids, grandkids, etc. Are you 2 the host and hostess on Christmas? Cooking on Christmas seems to be something your husband enjoys. I think you should be grateful for that. If it were my husband and he made a big mess and didn't clean up, I would not be a happy camper. I tend to be a perfectionist and it drives me nuts when my house is not presentable. My husband doesn't cook much. He'll make breakfast and grill, but that's about it. What really bothers me though is that he'll drip water, food, etc on the floor. The kitchen floor is a mess when he's done. I've mentioned it a few times, but he gets really offended when I say something, so I just wait 'til he's out of the room and I quickly mop it up. But his making a mess has never been a food trigger for me. Funny how some things bother one person more than another. Are you having to clean after his cooking on Christmas? If so, that's a real downer. I could see how you would just want to dive into the Christmas cookies because of his mess.
I guess for all of us who have issues with the holidays, we need to remember that the holidays come and go rather quickly.
I think this year I'm trying to be more mindful of the many families who have lost so much in these economic times and I am truly grateful for my DH, family and friends and that we have a house to mess up. So many unfortunate people these days would probably love to have a DH that cooks and a house to cook in.
I don't want this to sound morbid, but my SIL lost her husband in August. I'm sure she would be glad to be in your shoes and have her DH with her this year.
Just try to get by the best you can. One day at a time.
I'm looking forward to what others have to say,
You didn't mention what else makes you want to overeat.
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