How to Get Through Holiday Parties Without Bingeing
Author: Julie Latz ~ December 20, 2014
It's that time of year when temptations are E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. Holiday parties can be so challenging. I don't know about you, but when I used to binge, I could easily gain 9 pounds in as little as 3 days from stuffing myself at a holiday party that would then turn into a 3 day binge.
Last night we went to my husband's holiday party for work. It was being held at a Westin Hotel and all my husband knew is that they'd be serving Hors d’oeuvres. Back in the day, that would have delighted me! After all, I love pigs in a blanket as much as, or more than the next person. A couple dozen shrimp cocktail, yummy mini quiches, and for sure we can't forget about the mini cheese pizzas...you know the deal. Sorry if I made your mouth water but now I'm gonna get real with you. I'M DONE WITH THAT CRAZINESS.
Here's what I did last night and the sort of thing YOU CAN DO to sail through a party and come out happy at the other end of it. I called the Westin to ask what they'd be serving. I realized there wasn't one thing that they were having that I would be happy eating. All of that food would have left me bloated, miserable and uncomfortable reminding me of the 45 years I lived that way. The party was an hour away and started at 5:30. Here's what I did: I ate dinner at home at 4:00. I ate exactly what I was in the mood for that would be filling enough and I brought along my own dessert so I could look forward to a treat of MY choice when I was ready for it.
At 7:30, I sat down with my chocolaty Clif Z bar (130 calories) and a cup of tea and very calmly and mindfully enjoyed it thoroughly. I didn't show up there trying to maintain willpower and hoping I could get through the night without popping dozens and dozens of bite sized goodies into my mouth. Instead I employed, for those of you who know me, what I call "want power." I decided ahead of time how I wanted to feel, what I wanted to eat, how much, etc. and I followed my plan. I kept my eye on the prize of being able to leave there feeling great, unencumbered and in control.
I got into bed feeling light and at ease. Did it take some effort, planning and forethought? Absolutely! Was it worth it? Absolutely! And lastly which takes more effort, calling a venue or a friend where a party is being held and asking what will be served? Or not doing that and blindly going into a food frenzy, being depressed, hopeless and fatter where you have a hard time sleeping and getting out of bed in the morning and you wake up with the dread of "I can't believe I did that again?"
So, give it a try this year. Put in a little effort before going to a party to do what you know will make you feel happy at the end of the party. When you initiate some control before entering a challenging situation, it sets you up with confidence instead of the all too familiar feeling of panic.
Good luck and best wishes for the upcoming New Year.
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