|Disclaimer: Now, if you're eating this, you|
should be VERY, very ashamed!
You don’t need to titter and say “Well, maybe just a little bit more” when someone offers something you want to eat. Nor do you need to apologize when you don’t really want to eat any of Auntie Susan’s sweet potato casserole because you can’t stand marshmallows; it’s totally fine to say “I’m good, thanks.” - S.E. Smith
All of that!
If you have a history of eating not-so-nutritional foods and in ample amounts, traditional holiday spreads can become a breeding ground for anxiety. You realize that you have to approach certain festivities different than other people. You are then overtly conscious of what to eat, and want not to eat. And who we'll offend by not eating something. Or, hell, who we'll offend by eating something (you know when you've lost weight or are in the process - the streets stay watching). And it can all go from good times to a daunting situation, once grace is said and someone yells, "Let's Eat!" This is so unfortunate, as more time, effort and thoughts should be dedicated to enjoying the true elements of the atmosphere; loved ones, fellowship, giving, service and faith.
Now, I know it's easier said than done, but try not to let the thought of food consume you, on these "special" occasions. One day, or five out of 365 is not what I base my success/failure rate on. Odds are, if I'm overeating just because it's a holiday, I'm overeating on other Thursdays, just because it's Thursday. And if that's that case, there are still issues that I need address regarding my relationship with food - whether it be the 25th of December or otherwise.
Just enjoy! Being smart about choices YEAR-ROUND is something we all strive for. I just refuse to wallow in self pity because I acted on taking an extra scoop of something scrumptious.