Dealing With Reward or Entertainment Eating

rewarding holiday foodHere is the second tip in our series for coping with the unique food challenges the holiday season brings.

Rewarding yourself isn’t a bad thing. You work hard during the holidays. But, be careful not to fall into the trap of only rewarding yourself with food.

Dealing With Reward or Entertainment Eating

Much holiday eating falls into the category of entertainment. Holiday parties and family get-togethers offer fun times for celebrating with loved ones and friends.

Additionally, you may feel the need to reward yourself for your hard work throughout the year, and in the holiday preparations.

There are special foods you don’t want to miss, and that’s ok. It’s perfectly normal to look forward to the upcoming meals and parties, and to make some eating choices outside of your normal routine.

But also consider how to shift some focus to non-food rewards and entertainment.

For instance:

Can you get together with friends for a hike, rather than for happy hour?

Can you shop for a beautiful new outfit in your current size as a reward?

What about setting aside some time for self care indulgences – a morning in bed, a massage, a long catch up phone call with a friend?

A good skill to practice is Pausing. When you find yourself reaching for food and drink beyond what you want to be eating, take a brief moment and pause to ask yourself what are you really needing. It might well be a completely different type of reward or entertainment.

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

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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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