Last Updated On December 8, 2017

 

Everyone dancin' merrily In the new old-fashioned way

 

 

December 7, 2017

Hello my little angel muffins o’ plenty, welcome to day seven.

I have a *heavy* topic on this day- FOOD. Heavy, get it? I made a weight joke, aren’t I funny? Kill me. But keep reading.

Food-eating-weight etc. are all pretty charged on some level for most of us, but add family-stress-holidays to the cocktail, it can become downright toxic.

There are so many voices offering advice in this sphere (some welcome, some not) and since it is a hot topic for so many with different issues coming into play (not to mention the very different bodies we are living in), we collide and hurt and judge and control each other.

I don’t want to become another prescriptive voice for you guys so I am just going to share a few things that I have discovered for myself, not about dieting per se, more like “food sense”or living more in harmony with food. And as always, take it or leave it. Also, by the end of the month maybe I’ll be like- fuck everything, bring on the Ho Ho’s!!

If you are craving something (and I’m assuming its not a carrot)- have it.

Don’t turn it into some kind of forbidden fruit situation where you finally give in and there’s all this scarcity energy swirling around it and you end up gorging yourself sick. Go ahead and enjoy the heck out of it- instagram it, and get EXACTLY what you want. No diet versions or healthy reinterpretations (unless thats what you’re craving). You are looking for a certain experience maybe led by sensory considerations or nostalgia..let yourself have it or you’ll just be asking again, with more urgency. And don’t be silly- eat slowly, don’t leave the open package out, and if possible buy just one portion.

One. Perfect. Portion. Just. For. You. Merry Christmas.

Be smart about the food versus..well, everything else. Of the eating related activities that I enjoy, it has taken some real deconstruction to realize that my enjoyment has actually very little to do with food. My desire to visit a restaurant is only a small percentage about the cuisine, mostly its about company, conversation, connection, ambiance, the getting dressed, the service, the change of scenery… I love holding my family or friends captive at the table for a few hours and seeing my favorite waitress and not having to do the dishes and feeling the warmth of the fireplace and smelling things coming out of the oven. Eating becomes almost a distraction. And sure, ENJOY your food but don’t forget to ENJOY everything else. Approaching with this awareness has made me lighter, in attitude. I am more engaged, more grateful, more present oriented as a result.

And lastly, don’t consider it a “lost cause” if you overindulge. Don’t keep consuming things that don’t agree with your body and don’t skip the gym just because you off-roaded a bit. This is stupid self-flogging behavior, it makes no rational sense, continuing to punish yourself is silly and overdramatic. But I totally get it. I’ve been there and I find it a slippery slope to “get there” when I’m already skirting depression over the holidays.

On this, the seventh day of advent, I invite you to….eat whatever you want! But hold on, let me rephrase, whatever your BODY wants. Close your eyes, tune in to your miraculous meat machine, and connect with your body’s desires. How does it want to be nourished? Don’t judge it. Don’t question it. Just listen. You might be surprised by what you hear. 

 

Last Updated On December 8, 2017

 

Everyone dancin' merrily In the new old-fashioned way

 

December 7, 2017

Hello my little angel muffins o’ plenty, welcome to day seven.

I have a *heavy* topic on this day- FOOD. Heavy, get it? I made a weight joke, aren’t I funny? Kill me. But keep reading.

Food-eating-weight etc. are all pretty charged on some level for most of us, but add family-stress-holidays to the cocktail, it can become downright toxic.

There are so many voices offering advice in this sphere (some welcome, some not) and since it is a hot topic for so many with different issues coming into play (not to mention the very different bodies we are living in), we collide and hurt and judge and control each other.

I don’t want to become another prescriptive voice for you guys so I am just going to share a few things that I have discovered for myself, not about dieting per se, more like “food sense”or living more in harmony with food. And as always, take it or leave it. Also, by the end of the month maybe I’ll be like- fuck everything, bring on the Ho Ho’s!!

If you are craving something (and I’m assuming its not a carrot)- have it.

Don’t turn it into some kind of forbidden fruit situation where you finally give in and there’s all this scarcity energy swirling around it and you end up gorging yourself sick. Go ahead and enjoy the heck out of it- instagram it, and get EXACTLY what you want. No diet versions or healthy reinterpretations (unless thats what you’re craving). You are looking for a certain experience maybe led by sensory considerations or nostalgia..let yourself have it or you’ll just be asking again, with more urgency. And don’t be silly- eat slowly, don’t leave the open package out, and if possible buy just one portion.

One. Perfect. Portion. Just. For. You. Merry Christmas.

Be smart about the food versus..well, everything else. Of the eating related activities that I enjoy, it has taken some real deconstruction to realize that my enjoyment has actually very little to do with food. My desire to visit a restaurant is only a small percentage about the cuisine, mostly its about company, conversation, connection, ambiance, the getting dressed, the service, the change of scenery… I love holding my family or friends captive at the table for a few hours and seeing my favorite waitress and not having to do the dishes and feeling the warmth of the fireplace and smelling things coming out of the oven. Eating becomes almost a distraction. And sure, ENJOY your food but don’t forget to ENJOY everything else. Approaching with this awareness has made me lighter, in attitude. I am more engaged, more grateful, more present oriented as a result.

And lastly, don’t consider it a “lost cause” if you overindulge. Don’t keep consuming things that don’t agree with your body and don’t skip the gym just because you off-roaded a bit. This is stupid self-flogging behavior, it makes no rational sense, continuing to punish yourself is silly and overdramatic. But I totally get it. I’ve been there and I find it a slippery slope to “get there” when I’m already skirting depression over the holidays.

On this, the seventh day of advent, I invite you to….eat whatever you want! But hold on, let me rephrase, whatever your BODY wants. Close your eyes, tune in to your miraculous meat machine, and connect with your body’s desires. How does it want to be nourished? Don’t judge it. Don’t question it. Just listen. You might be surprised by what you hear. 

Last Updated On December 8, 2017

Everyone dancin' merrily In the new old-fashioned way

December 7, 2017

Hello my little angel muffins o’ plenty, welcome to day seven.

I have a *heavy* topic on this day- FOOD. Heavy, get it? I made a weight joke, aren’t I funny? Kill me. But keep reading.

Food-eating-weight etc. are all pretty charged on some level for most of us, but add family-stress-holidays to the cocktail, it can become downright toxic.

There are so many voices offering advice in this sphere (some welcome, some not) and since it is a hot topic for so many with different issues coming into play (not to mention the very different bodies we are living in), we collide and hurt and judge and control each other.

I don’t want to become another prescriptive voice for you guys so I am just going to share a few things that I have discovered for myself, not about dieting per se, more like “food sense”or living more in harmony with food. And as always, take it or leave it. Also, by the end of the month maybe I’ll be like- fuck everything, bring on the Ho Ho’s!!

If you are craving something (and I’m assuming its not a carrot)- have it.

Don’t turn it into some kind of forbidden fruit situation where you finally give in and there’s all this scarcity energy swirling around it and you end up gorging yourself sick. Go ahead and enjoy the heck out of it- instagram it, and get EXACTLY what you want. No diet versions or healthy reinterpretations (unless thats what you’re craving). You are looking for a certain experience maybe led by sensory considerations or nostalgia..let yourself have it or you’ll just be asking again, with more urgency. And don’t be silly- eat slowly, don’t leave the open package out, and if possible buy just one portion.

One. Perfect. Portion. Just. For. You. Merry Christmas.

Be smart about the food versus..well, everything else. Of the eating related activities that I enjoy, it has taken some real deconstruction to realize that my enjoyment has actually very little to do with food. My desire to visit a restaurant is only a small percentage about the cuisine, mostly its about company, conversation, connection, ambiance, the getting dressed, the service, the change of scenery… I love holding my family or friends captive at the table for a few hours and seeing my favorite waitress and not having to do the dishes and feeling the warmth of the fireplace and smelling things coming out of the oven. Eating becomes almost a distraction. And sure, ENJOY your food but don’t forget to ENJOY everything else. Approaching with this awareness has made me lighter, in attitude. I am more engaged, more grateful, more present oriented as a result.

And lastly, don’t consider it a “lost cause” if you overindulge. Don’t keep consuming things that don’t agree with your body and don’t skip the gym just because you off-roaded a bit. This is stupid self-flogging behavior, it makes no rational sense, continuing to punish yourself is silly and overdramatic. But I totally get it. I’ve been there and I find it a slippery slope to “get there” when I’m already skirting depression over the holidays.

On this, the seventh day of advent, I invite you to….eat whatever you want! But hold on, let me rephrase, whatever your BODY wants. Close your eyes, tune in to your miraculous meat machine, and connect with your body’s desires. How does it want to be nourished? Don’t judge it. Don’t question it. Just listen. You might be surprised by what you hear.