Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Party Protection

Spring is suddenly here with all of its cravings!  Appetites are for more than just chocolate eggs or ice cream. Emotionally, Spring can wreck havoc with eating.  An eating plan is a strategy for success. 
Here's the plan:
Remember these 2 facts:
Your Body is your source for pleasure, stamina and Health. 
Social gatherings and parties are for celebrating Life.  
·       Take control of your physical appetite.
o   Before you go out, eat a handful of almonds or walnuts or have a hard-boiled egg. This takes the edge off your hunger. It  frees you from the stress of ‘needing’ to eat the first thing you see at the party. Instead, you will be able to satisfy social hunger, which means having a good time. 
o    Drink a glass of water before you go out. To enhance flavor,  squeeze a slice of lemon  into a glass of water or add a short splash of your favorite fruit drink to flavor it, or enjoy fruity herbal tea – unsweetened.  If you don’t like the way water tastes, ask yourself if you like the way your body looks. Lots of food you eat bulks up when saturated with water.  If you drink a glass of water before or during a meal, you will enhance the digestive process and you will eat less. 

·       Satisfy your social appetite.
o   Only talk about what pleases you. The fact that winter is past is a good place to start a conversation - everyone is happy to welcome Spring.  Talk about what turns you on. Talking more means you will eat less. 
o   Say something nice every time you start a conversation. For example, be thankful for the warm weather, the party or to share a joke. Being kind to others is a way to reinforce being kind to yourself. Emotional eating comes from a place of frustration or anger. Kindness is the opposite of that.
o   Don't talk about eating, diets or your body. It’s not fun for anyone. Spring isn't the season for a pity party. Talking about what makes you feel badly about yourself leads to binging. It’s a kind of self-betrayal. Remember, what you focus on is what you attract, so focus on what feels dignified and liberating.

·       Feed your intuitive appetite. 
o   Check in with your whole self - heart and belly. Before you eat anything, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry for this?” This question is a way of focusing you to be aware of your best interests. Focus is the magnifying glass in the intuitive tool chest that keeps personal priorities and boundaries clear.
o   Be sensual. Eating isn't about what you think; it's about connecting with your body. The more you connect with what you see, taste, touch and smell, the more control you will feel over your choices. Spring is a time for enhanced sensuality, so talk about what tastes fantastic and share the pleasure with someone else. This is especially cool if you share the taste experience with a child. Sensual eating means you eat slower, eat less and enjoy it more. 
o   If your Spring craving is romantic, share a taste with your intended and then:
§  Say, "Mmmmnnnnnn." This is the sensual language for pleasure. 
§  When you put food in your mouth, look right into your partner's eyes. This is so sexy, you may lose your appetite for food. LOL
§  Stop eating before you feel full. This gives you the 'space' you need to feel sensual all over.

For practical intuitive solutions that are common sense for maintaining a your healthy weight, download: Am I Really Hungry? 6th Sense Diet : Intuitive Eating
and overcome eating challenges.

"If you can't solve a problem, it's because you're playing by the rules." P. Arden

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