Being that in every party the food occupies a leading role, at the end of the year where emotional nuances and accumulated stress are added, the act of eating tends to become an explosive impulse that, far from the gratification it promises, threatens to leave us with a “bad taste in our mouths.”
To avoid excesses and spend perfect moments I invite you to practice my “tips” but, before that, to know how our body works in this integrity with the mind and emotions.
From the biological point of view, if we start from a body in equilibrium then the act of eating will not be significantly affected by having an optimal nutritional balance self-self-regulation corrects.
But, if the body has discomfort or some degree of disease then we know that it is undoubtedly inflamed, that it has an internal microbiota that is altered, and there is a lack of essential nutrients, then, that impulse to eat at the wrong time and all kinds of foods, especially with flour and saturated fats is expected, leaving us with less chance to command our choices.
In the biological field, the previous state of the body can predict our level of behavior with food. I call this “eating to supply healthy appetite, or sick appetite,” respectively.
However, the truth is that there is another very influential force that also dominates, and is the action of our brain.
Meetings of a specific psycho-emotional hierarchy, such as end-of-the-year celebrations, are conducive to unleashing an exaggerated brain response that in a person can channel favorably through dialogue and different anti-stress activities.
But, if you do not have enough resources to reprogram your thoughts and emotions, you probably need to channel what you do not know or can express differently with food and drink.
This is what I call “supplying the emotional appetite in a positive way, or negative,” respectively.
Imagine then what happens when the almanac accuses the first day of the beautiful month of December! Almost at that moment the internal puja between the “I must and I cannot” and the “I should not, but I want,” mixed with the unstoppable desire to see you and feel very well.
And, luckily, everything can be reconducted and changed. The excesses can be stopped, pay attention to these “tips” that I consider very important:
TIP 1: ALLY ARMATE
All the resources that you can use from what we call “live food” (fresh food without cooking) will be welcome since they will provide a lot of substances that help digestion and improve* the metabolism, and are lost when the food is cooked.
Remember that many people have the desire to take care of themselves, if you help them by presenting a table with several options, they will thank you!
If you are the host of the meeting, cooking light and healthy options will be very useful:
- Starters: gourmet salads with fresh vegetables and different dressings, skewers of fresh vegetables and fruit mix, nuts pates (from sunflower seeds with different flavors …) or vegetable pates (different hummus…), pickled vegetables with olive…
- Dessert: salads with fresh fruits, fruit skewers, and chocolate, raw ice cream made only with fresh fruits such as avocado and banana…
If you are invited, then anticipating and knowing what menu will be at the meeting you go to will make it easier for you to use other strategies:
- Eat some fresh food before leaving home, for example, salad, fruits or juices, and liquefied water… Of course, this will not, by itself, make you want to eat, but as well as emotions we are a biological system, eating vitalized food will make you feel more harmonious and prepare your body for an excellent digestion.
TIP 2: BREATH
When you are in a meeting, it is always good to remember that “food is not your problem, and your body is not either.” If we want to be moderate, it is good to focus on stabilizing the emotionality before the act of eating, which must be the challenge.
A good resource is to incorporate the “conscious breaths,” since it is the breath that dominates the internal stress circuit. Try doing one now:
Take a loose and relaxed posture, preferably seated and with your eyes closed.
Think about the state you want to achieve, how you want to feel, to put an intention in the breath.
Start by exhaling (expelling) all the air you have inside your body through your mouth. Once all the air is out, make a small retention in that state (apnea) and now inhale the new air slowly and through the nose.
When you have filled with it, hold it for a few seconds (apnea) and then release it again through your mouth, gently and calmly.
You have made your first conscious breath! Focus on your goals, and enjoy.
TIP 3: ENJOY AND EMPOWER
There are people who are so overwhelmed with the “take care” that, as days go by, even months, they realize that the only thing they have done is miss the good times by devoting almost all their energy in the internal fight with their body and food.
Therefore, be calm and live the moment! Once you’re at the party, enjoy it. This is a ` you have to make with your mind and not with your emotions.
Your mind must be able to command the impulses that the body and the emotions are going to send you. With love and kindness take control of your body and live happily from experience.
The moments we live are the best tests of self-improvement that we can give ourselves. Choose to improve* yourself! Remember: Always, always, you can start over and change!
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