After Overeating on Thanksgiving

So – I overate on Thanksgiving. Not to the point of being so stuffed I felt sick, but I definitely had more than I needed, largely due to eating more foods that are a bit heavier than I’m used to, including pumpkin pie and whipped cream with breakfast (along with sausage, homefries, crepes, and cranberry bread), then some Indian food and more pie in the evening. I’m quite sure I’m not alone in having too much, but the question that always follows is, what next? What do you do after overeating? In my case, I had a restless night of sleep (always a side effect when I eat too much), and then in the morning I wasn’t hungry at all. Sometimes when I overeat, I still am hungry in the morning and wi

An Intentional Thanksgiving

Growing up, I don’t remember having any kind of intention for Thanksgiving, unless it was simply to avoid having people comment on my weight or what went on my plate. Oh, some years I might tell myself I was going to “be good” and not eat very much, but I don’t think that happened very often. I might not eat much in front of others, but I could find ways to sneak bits of turkey, a roll, some pie or cookies. These days, though, I try to be more intentional and deliberate about Thanksgiving, a holiday that seems dedicated to stuffing ourselves as well as the turkey. It really is all about the food – for instance, when watching a Thanksgiving show on the Food Network, they did a poll to see wha

Numbing with Food

Maybe you’ve had this experience. Something happens that makes you feel a way you don’t like: in pain, sad, angry, scared, lonely, depressed, vulnerable, etc. You want something that will help you not feel that, and you reach for the first thing that comes to mind – food. It doesn’t matter if you’re hungry of not. All that matters is that eating is pleasurable, provides a distraction, and numbs the feelings. This is something I’ve certainly done, especially with deeply traumatic events. Growing up, food was often my means of self-medication. And as choices went, it had a lot of advantages. It was always there, it was legal, it tasted good, it never asked me hard questions or expected anythin

Choosing Pleasure

A recent Dove chocolate ad caught my attention because it encouraged people to “live each day as if it’s the only one” and therefore to “choose pleasure”. It reminded me of how some people say to always finish dessert because you might die as soon as you finish your meal. This approach bothers me, though. Much as I fully support eating what you love, and being mindful to truly enjoy the food, that doesn’t seem to be what the ad (or the dessert approach) is advocating. Rather, it seems to suggest that we should always choose pleasure, regardless of the consequences, because who knows? This might be the only day, and those consequences might never come, so why not enjoy? The problem is, the va

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