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Not Deprived

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I've been reading some great blogs about Christmas eating, abundance, and feelings of deprivation. It is true that when there are many foods to choose it is easy to take too much. Yesterday I ate within my calorie range. I enjoyed my food immensely. I did not feel deprived at all. I cooked big and ate moderately. Many desserts were available. I had one bite and found it was enough.

There is one thing I haven't shared before that might help someone else. I hesitate to call it a strategy or a technique, because I started doing it spontaneously just because of sincere gratitude. While someone else usually blesses the food at our extended family dinners, (and indeed I am grateful that we have sufficient quantity and excellent quality of food), I say a quiet thanks as I feel the satisfaction of the meal come to me. I hope no one is offended by this practice; I think it really has helped me.
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    Wonderful idea!
    2486 days ago
    I think that is a superb idea! Thanks for sharing!!
    2486 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Gosh, that's a great technique and it really isn't a technique, lol. Just a way of living life--love it and will try to incorporate it into my own life. Thanks much!
    2488 days ago
    No offense in that. I think it is a splendid idea!
    2488 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sounds fabulous to me! But its a reminder to me I should be thanking the food preparer more. I don't think I have ever thanked my Mom for the food she gives me :(( I know you mean a higher power, but for me its my Mom as she has always provided and been there to help out when needed.
    I have found Sparkpeople to be the most tolerant community around, but sometimes any religious mention can bring out some bad ones, but I hope they don't find you. Everyone should be allowed to worship and mention their faith and be free from persecution. We actually had some activist protesting the Merry Christmas greeting on our buses just because he thought it was discriminatory to other religions. He was willing to take it to court no less. But I am sure other religions would be allowed their greetings too. This politcally correct business has just gotten so far out of hand..
    2488 days ago
    Thanks again for your helpful insights. I need less of a focus on my feelings in this instance and more on God's blessings... for which I AM indeed thankful but wasn't paying proper attention to just then.
    2488 days ago
    Rejoice in all things.
    2488 days ago
    What a helpful comment, here and on my "abundance" blog: I'm going to try this. And in fact, right now, having just enjoyed my evening bowl of soup (cabbage and beans with chicken) plus some fresh fruit and fat free yogourt: I am feeling completely satisfied. And I am grateful for that.

    2488 days ago
    emoticon I am so glad you are enjoying the holidays and staying true to yourself.
    2488 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Offended? NO...I love that idea...whatever glad you had a wonderful meal that was satisfying and not overly "overly"! HUGS, Marsha!
    2488 days ago
    Never a mistake to talk to God. We need his strength in all we do! Great job on your calorie intake.
    2488 days ago
    Sounds really good to me. I prayed before I got out of bed this morning for help with saying "no" to the leftovers. So far so good.
    Have a nice evening Marsha.
    2488 days ago
    You did very well :-)
    Whatever works for you is offense :-)
    2488 days ago
    Sounds like a great practice to me.
    2488 days ago
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