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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

giving thanks

My philosophy on holiday eating is as follows.

Enjoy your feast! Try to keep it to one meal, not a whole day/weekend/week, but if you do, don't feel BAD about it or anything, just move on. Don't stuff yourself, it feels gross. If you do stuff yourself, go for a walk or take a nap, then move on. Remember, there's more where that came from. Slow down and enjoy your food. Feast on love. If you are disappointed in family/the day/whatever, that's a normal holiday thing - see if you can count your blessings and focus on where there is love in your life. Try to get a moment or three of alone-ness and silence each day. Try to work out regularly throughout the holidays even if for a short time. Remember that fitness is a marathon, not a sprint - just 'cause you may not be going all-out with food or exercise over the holiday doesn't mean you have to go into couch-potato mode. Feast on art. Call your best friend and tell him/her you love him/her. Eat a vegetable. Eat a fruit. Make something cool for gifts rather than shopping. Enjoy the conversation over meals. If you have a difficult family, challenge yourself to find ways of creating interesting conversations - consider it an art project. Take some pictures. Write something. Read something. Draw something. Go for a bike ride. Wear outfits you love. Be kind to yourself.

Be thankful.

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