As I was sitting at the preschool general meeting Wednesday listening to a talk on "Making the Holidays Meaningful", It occurred to me that coping with food choices during the holidays can really add to my stress. The talk was more about family rituals and making conscous decisions to observe the rituals that bring us the most pleasure and try to minimize the extra stuff we do that brings us extra stress and doesn't really add to our enjoyment of the season. I thought " gee, for me this really is about food!"
So... I would love to read about your strategies for coping with food choices at the holidays. If we think about them ahead of time, maybe we help each other plan better and we can emerge on New Year's Day with no gains and maybe even a loss! Like Dr. Phil says , " If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!"
My strategies are kind of "big picture" at the moment. I am a big stress eater, so I take steps to reduce the stress of the holidays, so I can managing the stress eating. So I have cut out somethings that in the past have been a bother
1) Instead of sending 100+ cards, I create a family web page and email a holiday greeting to everyone with the link
2) I stopped going to mall and I shop online instead (MAJOR Stress reducer)
3) I stopped baking.... this one was hard, but I do not forbid my DH from baking, I just stopped doing any myself.
Now - those family events that involve food and alcohol..hmmm.. need to get some strategies in place for those....