Last week, I mentioned the lovingME lifestyle involves accepting what is and forgiving. Today I am applying that pretty heavily. You see, I made some silly all or nothing decisions over the holidays. I know that I feel better, think better, do better when I eat the foods that support that for me. And more importantly, when I refrain from eating those foods that don’t support me.
I got caught up in the holiday spirit and I indulged. A lot, for me. And because I know that it isn’t my norm, I decided that I would, again for me, go all out and cram in all the stuff I don’t normally eat – hence the all or nothing. I did this from Christmas Eve until yesterday, some days more so than others.
Physically, mentally, and emotionally, I feel way off my normal high today. Was it worth it? I am going to say yes for a couple of reasons. Number one, it was delicious. I made the goodies myself so they were homemade with love. I also savored them perhaps more than ever because I wanted to be mindful of every flavor, knowing that they were a special treat and that they were not part of my every day. Number two, I have learned so much through it. I learned how my body reacts and how types and amounts do matter. I also learned that peer pressure is still pretty powerful if you let it be. I learned to watch myself as I do these things that I know are not in my long-term best interest. It is fascinating how that self-sabotage can work. I learned that one treat needn’t derail a whole holiday season.
Most importantly, I learned that it is all good. I can forgive myself and take my learnings to heart. I am better for the whole thing. Truly, I am, for my awareness is increased and my sense of choice is enhanced. 90-10 is my new mantra. It isn’t all or nothing. It is life.