#HappyHolidaysChallenge: Eat With Awareness

Happy Holidays

Hello there! If you’re reading for the first time or just stopping by for the fun, I’m doing a “Happy Holidays” wellness challenge to help you cultivate more health and happiness the rest of 2014. Catch up on the details on how to join and win the prizes. Or if it already sounds like a good idea, sign up below.

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Eat With Awareness

Every other challenge, cleanse, or program out there is going to give you a list of foods you can and can’t eat. Not here because I believe in respecting you and your preferences. I won’t even challenge you to only eat when you’re hungry. But Rebecca, why not? You always tell me to eat when I’m hungry. (Yes, that’s true…) but it is the holidays and YOU WILL BE “NOT HUNGRY” and eating. Let’s just accept it. There are just way too many opportunities to enjoy some food and conversation that there is no way you will turn into a robot and ONLY eat when hungry.

My real challenge to you is eat with awareness.

You can do it challenge: Eat at least one meal a day with complete awareness.

Why Is Awareness Important?

Eating is a choice. You’re choice. If you’re going to eat, hungry or not, there is a purpose for it. If it’s not for hunger, then it must be for enjoyment, right? Nobody eats emotionally over the holidays… naw… (heheheh)

Eating with awareness is important because you can connect with WHY you are eating instead of looking for “YES” or “NO” permission to eat. That’s your choice, babe. Not mine.

It’s always going to be your choice whether or not  you eat, if you subscribe to an intuitive eating approach like I teach my clients. If you are aware you aren’t hungry but the food at the party looks delicious, make a choice. Be aware that you aren’t hungry but you would like to taste _____ food. Think about how much you might need to be satisfied.

Make choices with awareness and if you eat, do so mindfully. You will be sure to maximize the pleasure and enjoyment out of food. Chances are you won’t eat as much as in the past when you opened that door for a short window of time and waaaaay overdid it. If you need help with mindful eating, we will tackle that in a future challenge post.

Check In

How are you doing so far? Leave a comment on the blog or on Facebook. If you’re on Twitter, follow me and the #HappyHolidaysChallenge for even more motivation.

If you’re not “officially” in the challenge yet, what are you waiting for? Sign up below.

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Challenge Your Friends

People do better with support from friends. (It’s a scientific fact!) Ask your friends to join you by sharing on social media or just send them this e-mail with the link to subscribe to the challenge.

Facebook: Join me and Rebecca Scritchfield for a free 60-day wellness challenge.  Get healthier and happier this holiday season. http://wp.me/p2T0R-20c #HappyHolidaysChallenge

Twitter: I’m taking the #HappyHolidaysChallenge with @ScritchfieldRD. Join us http://wp.me/p2T0R-20c

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