Thanksgiving Night: How do you want to feel?

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Holidays are hard for so many reasons.  I know for me I have this ideal in my head and when reality and the ideal don’t match up I feel let down.  You would think I would adjust my ideal.  It is often not that easy to do.

Then there is the food.  For some reason the food carries a much larger significance to us on the holiday than it does any other time of the year.  We take on the mentality that this is our last meal ever and if we don’t eat to the point to being sick then we failed at the holiday experience.  OR we don’t eat all day telling ourselves that by not eating all day we are saving our calories for the big meal.  This does not work either.

I subscribe to a thread from Beck Diet Solution and get daily Dieter’s Tips.  I love it!  It comes Monday through Friday to my Facebook page.  I also get periodic emails from them.  Below is the one they just sent out.  I know you are going to love it.  Of course, they are recommending you take on the traits of the first family pictured and not of the Simpsons!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s high time dieters begin to think about how they’ll handle their eating on that day. While Thanksgiving is considered by many to be a day in which it’s just too difficult to control their eating, it doesn’t have to be that way. When we help dieters formulate their Thanksgiving plan, we always ask them to think about one important thing: How do you want to feel going to bed once Thanksgiving is over?

Asking dieters this question reminds them that the experience of Thanksgiving is not limited to the time when they’re eating with family and friends. The experience also extends to how they feel afterwards. Dieters often have sabotaging thoughts such as, “If I have to limit how much I eat, I just won’t be able to enjoy myself.” If they then overeat, they may wind up feeling sick – physically and psychologically: physically, because they consumed way too much food and psychologically, because they feel out of control and guilty for overeating.

When we ask dieters how they want to feel once Thanksgiving is over, they usually say something along the lines of, “I want to feel full and satisfied and I also want to feel good about myself.” We then ask, ” Will getting off track and overeating on Thanksgiving lead you to feeling that way?” Because the answer is no, we suggest coming up with a plan that will make them feel good. It makes sense to dieters that they simply can’t have it both ways: They can’t way overeat during Thanksgiving and still wind up feeling proud and in control – these are incompatible goals.

We remind dieters, that it’s not all-or-nothing. It’s not as if they can eat every bite of food that they want or they can’t eat any food that they want; in fact, there is a huge middle ground between these two extremes. While it’s true that they may not be able to eat as much of everything they want and still go to bed feeling good that night, it’s also true that they can eat reasonable portions, enjoy every bite that they take, and feel really good.

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