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Eat The Cookie! Have Some Pie!

holiday cookies and drink treatThe holiday season is upon us! We’ve got some tips to help you cope with the unique food challenges the holiday season brings.

The skill of Self Compassion can help you immensely during the holidays. We are often compassionate toward other people, but fail to allow ourselves the same. Practicing self compassion will allow you to maintain realistic expectations, and to go easy on yourself when the holidays inevitably don’t go exactly as planned or wished.

Eat The Cookie! Have Some Pie!

It’s far better to give yourself permission to enjoy some treats now rather than setting yourself up for cravings and binging later.

Eating is an important part of the traditions of the holidays and a way that we connect with each other. Enjoying your holiday meals and parties is your right!

Instead of restricting, focus on staying mindful. Note that this isn’t permission for a free for all to overeat or stuff yourself, but permission to let go of rigid food rules.

Rather than nibbling on everything, select what appeals most to you. Trust that you get more of something else later if you choose.

Whatever you’re going to eat, be sure to get the full pleasure by slowing down and savoring with all of your senses. Really smell, taste, chew, and experience the food.

Take our self-compassion quiz.

This is practicing the skill of Permission. Give yourself permission to eat what you want and permission to enjoy doing that without guilt.

The skill of permission goes far beyond food. Also seek to give yourself permission to rest, relax, play and practice self care, and permission to get all of your other human needs met.

So, eat the cookie. Have some pie. And enjoy this holiday season.

If you’d like more support for emotional eating, click for more information about our upcoming Make Peace with Food 12-week group and our Beyond Emotional Eating 8-week virtual group.

Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP on Twitter
Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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