My main approach is to be very, very consciously trying to Listen to My Body and Savor My Food at all family gatherings. I also do not go there hungry. I usually eat a small amount of nuts prior to the gathering to make sure my hunger level is low when I am faced with all those holiday treats that are not a part of my lifestyle. When I am at the gathering, if I decide I need to try one of the foods, I make sure and eat it very, very slowly-- focusing on the aroma, taste, texture, etc. I try to notice how my tastebuds "burst" with the flavor and not take another bite until the burst is gone. Usually just a few bites will satisfy me, so I take very small portions. Before I take another portion, I very consciously feel around in my stomach for how full it is. Often this way, I get fully satisfied on a small amount.
I don't feel deprived doing this. It makes me feel very powerful, knowing the difference between where I have come from and where I am now!
SW 8/1/08 229.
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