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Food Addiction, | 04.11.22

Staying Loyal to your Goals this Holiday

With Easter and Passover quickly approaching, thoughts of family time, connection, and celebration emerge. With these thoughts also comes the reality of food, drinks, and treats galore. Holidays can be difficult to navigate if you struggle with food addiction, but not impossible. Before you find yourself surrounded with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate-covered matzoh, a little preparation can make a big difference when it comes to staying committed to your goals.

Here are some tools to help you have a happy and healthy holiday season, while sticking to your goals…

Make a plan. 

Your plan doesn’t have to be typed, printed, and laminated. Keeping it simple makes it more likely that it will be successful. 

First, what is your biggest concern? Does the dessert table call your name? Do you struggle with the volume of food you consume? Create your plan around this. Make the decision to only have one plate, to step outside or go to the restroom when you are having trouble staying away from the sweets, or arrive late to a dinner party to avoid the cocktail hour.

Next, identify any people you may be concerned about. Does your aunt Janey always try to get you to try a piece of her homemade Easter bread, as she tends to forget that you don’t eat flour and sugar? Although friends and family may mean well, it can be hard to assert your needs when in group situations, potentially out of feeling guilty or uncomfortable. Prepare your response for this situation, if it arises. You could reply like this; “I’m always impressed by your baking skills aunt Janey. It looks great, but I’m working on my physical and mental health and not eating sugar and flour right now”. 

Use your skills

Skills help us to not make bad situations worse. Don’t underestimate the power of a good time out: splash some water on your face, call a friend, play with your nephew, wash the dishes, or just take three big deep breaths to help let those tough feelings or urges pass. 

Remember your WHY.

Remember why you decided to make these lifestyle changes in the first place and keep them in the forefront of your mind. You can even write your “why” on a post-it and keep it in your pocket during the event so you can remind yourself if needed. Before taking action, ask yourself;  “What is the decision that feels most in alignment with my “why” and my goals right now?”

It is possible to enjoy a holiday, spend time with family and friends, and stay true to your goals. And the more you practice using the tools above, the easier it will be at the next holiday, and the next, and the next.

Want more support? Sign up for the Breaking Up with Sugar Course! A 6-module online course that will help you break up with Sugar and heal your relationship with food. Also, check out Molly’s youtube channel and subscribe to the Sunday Love Letter to get support, information, and motivation on your journey to create a loving relationship with food.

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