Rediscover the Joy of Eating Just in Time for the Holidays


Halloween has just passed, Thanksgiving is on its way, and right behind it, the weeks-long season of food festivities.   A perfect time to rediscover the joy of eating.  Something that many of us lost the moment we began dieting.  And which may have set us up for overeating, not only during the holidays but the rest of the year, too.

If any of this rings true for you, check out our FitBriefing Rediscover the Joy of Eating.”  First, we take you through a step-by-step look at why diets don’t work.  Robyn, our nutritionist whom you met a few weeks ago here, came up with a somewhat funny take on what happens when we go on diets.  I say somewhat funny because it can be painful, too, as it’s a little too familiar to many of us.

But the piece de resistance are the healthy eating steps to end overeating:

  1. Focus on what we like, then work nutrition into that.
  2. Focus on how foods make us feel.
  3. Stay in the moment, but consider the future.

We expand on those steps a bit in the article.  So check it out if it relates. And then have fun rediscovering the joy of eating!

Are you looking forward to holidays filled with fun and food?  Or do they make you anxious?

3 responses to “Rediscover the Joy of Eating Just in Time for the Holidays”

  1. Thanks for this post. I am not looking forward to all the food around during the holidays. I can usually exercise some self control, but when I see others unable to do the same, I get sad. Sometimes it really makes me hate how our society has turned the holidays into a chow fest!

  2. Marsha says:

    I wonder, Gina, if the chow fest has come at least in part out of all the feelings many of us have the rest of the year that we shouldn’t eat certain foods. I can’t help but think that feelings of deprivation are a big contributor to overdoing it when it comes to food — whether we’re really deprived or just feeling guilty every time we eat something we think we shouldn’t. It’s like the holidays or another celebration give us permission to have what we want, and as a result, we go for it big time. It may be a subconscious thing but we know the subconscious drives a lot. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Daniele says:

    Good point! I’m trying to focus on how food makes me feel after I eat it (or during). I think this is key in my ‘change of mindset’.
    Off to read that article now…

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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