[Audio download] My special holiday gift for you
So…how are the holidays treating you?
I am not going home to the US for the holidays this year, I’m actually hosting and cooking Christmas dinner for the first time here at my house in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
I just came back from my morning walk on the beach with my dog Bella… It’s such a beautiful day today!
While I was walking, I was thinking about the overwhelming anxiety I used to feel around the holidays… I just knew I was going to go crazy with all those tempting sweets and delicious meals around.
Now, this is no longer a problem for me, in fact, that’s the LAST thing on my mind around the holidays. And it’s all down to a simple process I used that I’m going to share with you today.
This is what I often hear from my students:
“Brittany, why can’t I control my eating when I’m celebrating with friends?”
“I just can’t stop stuffing my face the second I’m around all those party treats!”
“The holidays are coming and I am terrified of all the tempting food that will on offer…”
Here’s why you want to eat more when you’re around friends:
First, we connect our feelings to food, rather than people. If you imagine yourself at a party and standing around with all your friends while you’re holding a plate of cookies, where are the good feelings coming from? The cookies? Or your friendships?
What we are REALLY looking for when we go to holiday parties is the loving connection with other people, it’s NOT the food. But in our minds, we have connected those good feelings to the food—it’s almost like those cookies are winking at you from your plate!
So, just for a moment, I want you to imagine feeling that warm “cookie feeling” and bringing it into your heart, like a big, beautiful ball of light. Then, take that ball of light and send it to someone else in the room, someone you really care about. Send it straight to their heart, and have them send it back to you. Pass this ball of light and love—that good cookie feeling—back and forth for a few minutes.
If you’re a tapper, tap through the points as you do this. Don’t worry about what to say, just visualize the scene as you tap through the points.
After a few minutes, you’ll notice your body relax. Look down at the plate of cookies you’re holding and notice how attractive they seem now.
I bet they will lose their appeal quite quickly!
This teleclass will walk you through this exercise in detail, just follow along with the demonstrations. Click right here!
So, this festive season when you are surrounded by food at holiday parties, remember it’s not the food you are craving, it’s the love and connection with the people around you. Do this exercise before a party and let me know how it works for you in the comment in the box below. We’d love to hear about your experience!