Holiday Trifecta

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As far as I am concerned the holiday season starts October 1. I call this time of year the Holiday Trifecta: Three major holidays in quick succession. In October there is Halloween, in November there is Thanksgiving, and in December there is Christmas; it is the 3 months of over indulgence, letting loose and overeating. It is, also, the time of feeling bad about our bodies, disconnecting from the true meaning of the holidays, as well as it is the time of extreme eating. During this time of year, we can tend to eat (overeat) all the foods we avoid the other times of the year. It is the sanctioned 3 months of allowable overeating.

People, in general, ask me all the time why they overeat.

When they talk about the overeating, they talk about the frustration, anxiety and feeling terrible about themselves. I tell them there is the buildup of not allowing Overeating at the holiday time.themselves to eat (dieting/restricting), then they overeat, and in the end feeling bad about overeating (guilt). It is a vicious cycle. I speak with people daily who go through this cycle on a regular basis. The holiday time is different because the foods we restrict throughout the year become fair game. As we eat those “special” holiday foods, we can allow ourselves to overeat.

The holidays, individually, are not bad in and of themselves. Halloween Day you can have some candy. Thanksgiving Day you can have some turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. Christmas Day you can have some cookies and sweets. Those individual holiday days are not the problem. One meal of overeating is not a big deal; the problem is all the other days and meals in between the actual holiday day (the Holiday Trifecta).

Often the answer to all of this overeating is, come January 1 – “I will go on a diet” or “I’ll think about it on January 1 at the New Year.” During the 3 month Holiday Trifecta, There are many days of overeating that you end up feeling bad about yourself and bad about your body (hence leading you to think you need to diet/restrict come January 1).

Let’s be honest with ourselves. What happens when we allow ourselves to overeat at the holiday time?

We tend to:

  • Become more and more disconnected from our bodies and ourselves. Mindless about how we are really feeling.
  • Feel bad in our bodies feel bad. Physically we have an upset stomach, bloating and weight gain.
  • Start disliking ourselves and feel bad about ourselves. People often tell me that after they overeat they hate themselves.
  • Suffer emotionally, feeling angry, frustrated and overwhelmed.
  • Think about food more often than not and that bothers us.

The problems and suffering with overeating is REAL. I am here to tell you there is a better way. A way to peace with food.

Here are some simple suggestions.

  • Take a deep breath. Cam and anxiety cannot exist together. Breathe as you think about eating and as you are eating. It gets you to reconnect with your body.
  • Notice your bodily signals about hunger and fullness. Ask yourself, “Am I hungry?” before you eat is a great first step.
  • Allow more self-care. This is the season of letting our needs go to the wayside, don’t let that happen!
  • Get support. I am not talking about going on whatever the current diet fad being promoted on Yahoo or Facebook. Find someone who helps you find peace with food and can put you in touch with strategies to put food in its proper place as nourishment.

It is important to know that during the Holiday Trifecta it can be so enjoyable with all of the gatherings, festivities and decorations, but it is also loaded with difficulties.

The difficulties can make the good times less enjoyable, because you are worried and feeling bad.  Start by noticing how you are feeling and what you are saying to yourself. If there is negativity or worry, it could be time to get that support to help you feel more peaceful.

During this Holiday Trifecta time period, I there are options to travel down the road towards peace with food. You do not have to feel overwhelmed with food anymore this holiday season! You’ve got this!

 

Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor and Motivational Coach who specializes in working with people who suffer from binge eating and emotional eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Discovery Your Inspiration and soon to be released book Feed Your Soul Nourish Your Life! A Six Step System to Peace with Food.

Kim McLaughlin offers a supportive way to move through the Holiday Trifecta with her Peace with Food Holiday Challenge. These challenges are offered at each of the 3 holidays to give you support to make peace with food and really enjoy the holiday. Check out Peace with Food Holiday Challenge at: https://feedyoursoulunlimited.com/peace-with-food-thanksgiving/

5 HOT Tips to Stop Overeating Halloween Candy

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Are you scared of more than goblins and ghosts at Halloween? Many of us are scared of having Halloween candy around, because we are afraid we are going to eat too much. Truthfully, there is a lot of How to stop overeating Halloween candycandy on Halloween. The problem is even greater because there is the extra candy left at home and the Halloween candy that gets brought to work to share with everyone. It is hard to escape it and you might be wondering whether you will eat it or not. You might end up like many of us: you eat, feel bad about yourself and saying you will not do it again. Then later you go back and do it AGAIN!

Here are 5 tips to help you stop overeating Halloween candy.

  • On Halloween night, eat your dinner meal. When you feel full and satisfied, the likelihood of overeating or mindlessly eating is lessened. I know this is not a cure- all but it will help.
  • Give the extra candy to the troops, so it does not end up staying around the house. Our dentist advertises that she will take extra Halloween candy and send it to the troops. You’ll feel good that you provided a sweet treat to others who might not have any.
  • Buy yourself a REAL treat on Halloween. Get yourself something you would really enjoy. It might be a sweet item from the local bakery or a savory treat that is yummy. This tip helps you to move you away from eating candy that is really not satisfying to some food that is satisfying.
  • Eat while sitting down. Monitor your behavior and don’t sneak food. If you want a piece of candy then get yourself a bowl and put the candy in it, sit and enjoy it. Take a bite, taste it, enjoy it. Sit down at the table, then eat. This is an important strategy to bring more mindfulness into your eating.
  • If you want some Halloween candy, eat it. Enjoy it. This is one night and it does not have to be that big of a deal.

There is nothing wrong with having candy.

The problem is when we overeat candy and feel bad physically, emotionally or mentally. When we deny ourselves what we want, we then crave it and want even more than we are hungry for.

Using these tips can take the fear out of Halloween candy. Now go out and enjoy the evening!

 

Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor and Motivational Coach who specializes in working with people who suffer from binge eating and emotional eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. 

 Kim is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling Book Discover Your Inspiration. Check it out here.

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Binge Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com.

Halloween Candy is Everywhere

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Halloween candy is everywhere right now. Seriously.

 

Have you bought any? I posted a question on my Facebook page asking if people had bought candy yet. The answers ranged from “NO” to I can’t have candy in the house.” There are many different reasons we overeat Halloween candy. The people I work with not only overeat Halloween candy, they overeat many other  foods. They feel bad about themselves and defeated.

Imagine a different experience this Halloween!

My latest program Peace with Food- Halloween Challenge is the answer to help you not just survive this Halloween, but thrive. It is 8 days of access to me as well as a supportive group to help and motivate you. We start October 24. Oh, I almost forgot. It is ONLY $20.

Sign up now. Here is a link:  Peace with Food- Halloween Challenge

 

 

Daily Dose of Positivity- Ultimate Potential

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Join me in this edition of our Daily Dose of Positivity. I love using the card deck “Affirmators,” which are cards to help encourage us to get in the positive flow.

 

Daily Dose of Positivity- Ultimate Potential

 

“I chose to live a life of my fullest potential.”

This Affirmator card is focused on Ultimate Potential (a fun pick by my daughter). Sometimes it is hard to be at our full potential due to outside circumstances. I encourage you to look at whether you are living to your fullest potential.

How do you get into your fullest potential?

  • Consider if you are living to your fullest potential?
  • Are you doing everything that you want to?
  • Get out of your comfort zone to experience more of your ultimate potential.

Get into the zone of moving towards your potential. As I stated in the video, I stepped out of my comfort zone to make different videos this week as part of a video challenge I was participating in. It made me try new things and get uncomfortable, in a good way. What about you? How about stepping out!

 

Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor and Motivational Coach who specializes in helping people who are frustrated, overwhelmed and overloaded and it shows up in overeating, emotional eating and weight issues. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Discovery Your Inspiration and upcoming book Feed Your Soul: Nourish Your Life. 

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Emotional Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com.

 

 

Daily Dose of Positivity- Sanctuary

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I love to do videos to help increase the positive vibe in the world. I use the deck “Affirmators” which are fun card to help encourage us to get in the positive flow. Check out my latest video on the card Sanctuary.

 

 

This card is really focused on rest and renewal- saying we need to take a rest. Are you feeling like you have been doing a lot? Have you not taken a rest in a while?

What do you do when you rest and renew? Here are my tips.

  • Notice when you feel overwhelmed?
  • What do I need to do to feel rested and renewed?
  • Call your method to renew as good and do not give yourself grief over how you chose to relax.

 

Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor and Motivational Coach who specializes in helping people who are frustrated, overwhelmed and overloaded and it shows up in overeating, emotional eating and weight issues. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Discovery Your Inspiration and upcoming book Feed Your Soul: Nourish Your Life. 

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Emotional Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com.