Today I am aware of the true abundance in my life and I endeavor in my work with my deeply endearing clients, to help them break free, to steer them through that beckoning doorway which will lead to a place of self-love and acceptance, a knowing that they are worthy of all life has to offer right now, as they are, not sometime in the future when they are skinnier, more organized, productive. NOW. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
That said, let me share some of my process that got me through that first holiday without stuffing myself, numbing, and missing the chance to be present to the delicious food, amazing company, and all that I was truly grateful for.
On any holiday:
Eat breakfast with protein when you're hungry,stop when you're satisfied. This will help you not be overly hungry when the holiday meal is served.
If you're cooking the holiday meal try to refrain from putting bites of food in your mouth before dinner is served, remember how delicious it will be when eaten when hungry.
Whether the host or the guest, peruse the offerings beforehand and determine which ones are singing to you, eat only those because honestly, if we took even a small portion of everything offered, we would be stuffed.
Remember you can ask your host if you can take home some leftovers that you don't have room for and you can eat them when you get hungry again.
If you have cooked, ask for help in getting the leftovers wrapped up to pop into the fridge, clear the kitchen of tempting bites that you could so easily slip into your mouth (even though you're full).
Remember that this day is not the last time you will get to eat a holiday feast, this evening or tomorrow you could have leftovers! You usually have the opportunity to have this same food for several days in various forms. It will be there again WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY!
If I don't cook one year, if I'm a guest, on the holiday weekend following the holiday I cook a chicken with all the accompanying goodies because I MUST have leftovers. That way, I know I don't have to panic or go into that place of thinking, OMG, this is so good and I only get it once or twice a year, I better store up! Because once you go there, the ability to enjoy the holiday is lost.
Have a gratitude filled day, allow it, bring it to yourself!