How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season Using EFT
It’s ironic that I decided to make healthy changes as the holidays approach us. Does it make sense that I am wanting to start this right as the holidays begin?
Why not now? It makes sense, . . . . but I am struggling. BIG TIME!
With all the treats that are out at the church celebrations, peppermint hot chocolate at the coffee shop where I like to write, and family get togethers, I am still working on my sweetness self-control. Ugh.
The truth is, I think I can make this an excuse.
“The holidays are so hard!” But it’s just another reason to not stay on track. The holidays give a reason (excuse) to eat poorly.
Our choices determines how to stay healthy during the holiday season.
What reasons do we tell ourselves that we can’t stay healthy?
If you have struggled in the past, like I have around the holidays, this year we can change up our habits!
These situations can make us stronger. It builds the choice muscle.
If we keep doing the same things we have always done, we will keep getting the same sugar-filled results.
QUESTIONING MY MOTIVES
I believe if I have questions handy to ask myself before I go to eat, or even when I’m thinking about eating, that it will trigger me to stop, think, and make a new choice.
Scripture can give me a new way to think as well. When I read 1 Corinthians 10:31, I think about each bite I take, will it glorify God or is it all about me?
When I take a bite, am I being a good example to my children or am I just satisfying my selfish needs?
If I snack on unhealthy food, am I honoring my body, God’s temple, or am I destroying the gift I have been given?
Am I really enjoying myself when I choose food that makes me feel bloated, tired, and stuffed?
In Matthew 4:4, I feel God is telling me to focus on the richness of his wisdom and encouragement, rather than filling myself with food that isn’t healthy or necessary.
DEAL WITH STRESS WITHOUT CRAVING FOOD
The holidays aren’t filled with joy and happiness for everyone.
I understand there are some that have broken-hearts, tension with family, and challenging family holiday schedules.
It makes sense that in order to get some relief from stress, sadness, or loneliness, one would love to indulge in holiday sweets and treats.
Tapping and prayer ahead of events and situations will help to shift our focus to positive thoughts and help us not to reach for the food that doesn’t support staying healthy.
Reaching for the sugar is a temporary fix.
When you feel agitated, frustrated, or worried, work on the stress to curve craving food.
Using the tapping script below can help to eliminate your holiday stress which can lead to craving food!
FAMILY GATHERINGS AND COMPANY PARTIES
Being a hostess, we want to offer yummy stuff to our guests. When we go to family dinners, they too offer yummy treats. Either way, there are yummy treats!
Don’t feel obligated to bake decorated cookies to have available at home. You can substitute with some thing sweet but healthy, like healthy fruit sorbet, vegan shortcake, or fruit pizza or a few ideas.
You can make colorful treats, that are healthy, for those coming to your home or to take to family gatherings.
It can take one gathering to start a new tradition. If we want to see a different result at holiday gatherings, it starts with us. We can’t expect our family and friends to cater to our own needs.
Company parties can feel like a real treat! It’s nice to have the company treat us to a nice meal or celebration. However, don’t feel like you have to eat as much as possible or drink as much as is offered to get the full benefit of the party. Just as long as you enjoy yourself, don’t feel obligated to over-indulge.
Here is a printable to help with journaling out thoughts around this time of year, triggers we may notice, and how we react to those triggers. Acknowledging these thoughts is the first step to making forward progress.
Take care of yourself.
- Do you have your rating?
- Get a picture in your mind of the struggle you have with wanting to eat for happy reasons and sad reasons, not because you need fuel. You are disgusted with disappointed with yourself.
- Keep that picture in your mind as you begin, and notice as you go through the sequence where your mind takes you.
- The set-up statement only needs to be said at the beginning of sequence. It doesn’t need to be repeated before each round.
- This sequence is based on weight loss issues, but you can insert any issues you may have.
- You can change the wording if it doesn’t make sense to you.
- Here is the link to help you with all the tapping points and the basics.
TAPPING ON “DEALING WITH STRESS WITHOUT CRAVING FOOD”
Karate Chop: (Set-up Statement)
- Even though I want to find something sweet when I get stressed, I will accept myself anyways.
- Even though I haven’t made the best food choices when I am upset, I love and accept who I am.
- Even though I haven’t figured this out yet, I will love and accept myself anyways.
Top of Head:
I feel so stupid that I can’t control my food cravings when I’m stressed or angry
I get frustrated in situations and I want to comfort myself with a treat
Side of Eye:
I don’t know why I think I am comforting myself, when I feel anything but comfortable
I need an alternative solution
There has to be a better way
I want to be able to have a simple solution when I am frustrated
Not feel so bad that I feel I have to eat as a solution
I can find another solution like tapping and praying.
Top of Head:
I want to turn over my frustrations to God
That’s what He would want me to do, trust Him
Side of Eye:
I can also go walking or hiking to clear my head
It always feels better to get exercise than it does to eat
Fresh air can relieve stress
Walking can give me solutions and valuable ideas
I need to do it whether I want to or not
It will get easier each time I make that choice, plus I can walk anytime,
Christmas is the time to enjoy family and friends, and not be worried about food.
The holidays can become a time of peace and enjoyment. Not letting uncomfortable situations or stress dictate how we are going to eat.
Wishing you the best holiday season to you and yours!