What if peace on earth could begin at the dinner table? Imagine experiencing an inner peace, free from worrying about what to eat. It is difficult to enjoy the holidays when you are preoccupied with eating or concerned about what to say to friends and family who make it a tradition of telling you what and how to eat. Consider this as your Holiday Bill of Rights as we enter the season, to help you foster harmony with food, mind and body.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO…
- Savor your meal, without judgment and without discussion of the amount of calories eaten or the amount of exercise needed to burn off said calories.
- Enjoy second servings without apology.
- Honor your fullness, even if that means saying “No thank you!” to dessert or a second helping of food.
- Not take on the responsibility of making someone happy by overeating, even if it took hours to prepare a specialty holiday dish.
- Say, “No thank you,” without explanation, when offered more food.
- Stick to your original answer of “No!” even if you are asked multiple times. Calmly and politely repeat, “No, thank you, really!”
- Eat dessert for breakfast.
Remember, only you know how you feel, both emotionally and physically. You are the expert of your body, which requires inner reflection, rather than the external, well meaning, suggestions from family. Eating is meant to be a pleasurable experience, regardless of how simple or decadent a food, make sure you are taking the time to savor the experience. Fill the moment with gratitude for the intention of the holidays, an appreciation for the food you will receive and the company you share.