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Did you eat too much this past holiday? How to clean the slate, not the plate! - Issue #47
December 03, 2013

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but also in the ability to start over.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Are you feeling rather guilty and bloated from overindulging this Thanksgiving Holiday? If so, it’s time to drop the guilt and move on. No amount of self-recrimination will undo the damage that has already occurred. Let it go!

Today is a new day and a new beginning.

Beating ourselves up over our behavior increases our shame and guilt which leads right back to the food to numb out uncomfortable feelings. Instead, practice compassion and self-forgiveness, which lightens our load immediately and gets us back on track. Compassion for ourselves means accepting that we’re only human and despite our best intentions, we won’t ever eat perfectly, especially when confronted with a smorgasbord of tempting choices. Let’s remember - we’re mere mortals, not Gods, and as such, we won’t always make the best choices, but that doesn’t mean we’re bad people.

A day or two, or even a long week-end of overindulgence doesn’t have to ruin a healthy eating plan. We can balance it out by what we eat during the rest of the week.

Here are a few tips to get back on track after a day or two of heavy eating or even a binge:

  • Stay away from the scale. You’re probably bloated. A day of overeating won’t show up on the scale.

  • Don’t try to diet or skip meals. This will lead to becoming ravenous and overeating.
  • Eat only when hungry and stop when you're full, not stuffed.
  • Don’t try to make up for it by over-exercising. Keep to your existing exercise routine.
  • Eat meals that are high in protein with lots of vegetables for high fiber and fullness.
  • Make one meal a main course salad.
  • Make a pot of soup. Have that for some of your meals during the week.
  • Bring your lunch to work the rest of the week. You’ll save money and won’t be as tempted to keep overeating.

Just remember, don’t use overeating on one day or a holiday as an excuse to keep overeating throughout the season. You may feel jolly while doing it, but rest assured, come New Year’s, you will regret your folly.

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Feast for the Eyes - Pink Magnolia Blossoms - Photograph by Catherine L. Taylor


  • The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
    ―Elizabeth Taylor
  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
    ―Mahatma Gandhi
  • If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
  • Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.
    —Jean Paul

Weekly Affirmations

I can enjoy anything once in while in moderation.

I can enjoy holidays while making healthier choices.

I am committed to having a balanced and healthy holiday season.

I focus on eating well one day at a time and let the rest go.

Each moment is another chance to get it right.

Every day is a new beginning.

I choose to get back on track.

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