Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How to Avoid Overeating on Your Most Difficult Holiday

If you fear you cannot get through a holiday without a binge, extreme measures are available.

For instance: schedule your colonoscopy for the day after Thanksgiving so you can spend Thanksgiving fasting and cleansing.

The problem with this idea is leftovers. The leftovers will still be waiting and our minds tend to think we need to 'make up' for what we missed.

Another possibility: Have all four wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday. The problem with this measure is it only works once. Even then it only works with hard or crunchy food. I could still eat pumpkin pie pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy and ice cream all day and gain weight.

As a food addict trying to recover, I have to accept that extreme measures are like diets for me - games that always end in disaster.

I don't want to play any food games. Correction - I would want to play IF I could win. I can't.

To quote Joshua the Computer from the movie War Games. The only winning move is not to play.

Have you ever played the game and won?

Jane~

2 comments:

Laina said...

I have, but it takes an extreme level of focus, concentration, and willpower. Plus distraction techniques, redirects (for dealing with food pushers), and preparation.
It hardly feels much like a holiday when you're juggling all that!

Marion Shaw said...

So true--"I don't want to play any food games. Correction - I would want to play IF I could win. I can't." But truly, I'm happier with a higher priority on people and experiences over eating. I hope you and your tooth holes feel better soon. :D