Client: How can I eat healthy during the holidays?
Me-Cindy: Can you be more specific?
Client: Thanksgiving and Christmas are an all day affair. I want to choose healthy and feel good about myself and not feel ‘stuffed’ by the end of the day!
Client: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, nuts, cookies, pies…an indulgent feast!
Me-Cindy: What will be most challenging?
Me-Cindy: How about you choose very small slices of 2 or 3 different pies to equal 1 slice?
Client: I can do that! I never thought of that! I am an “all or none” kind of guy!
Trainer/Nutritionist: What else will challenge you?
Client: After dinner, lots of food is laying around, and it begs to be eaten. I am already stuffed, but don’t want to continue eating.
Trainer/Nutritionist: What are your health goals?
Client: I want to continue losing weight-another 8 #. I want to develop habits of healthy eating.
Me-Cindy: Will continuing to eat when already stuffed meet those goals?
Me-Cindy: Then why will you do it?
Client: I don’t want others to think I am “high & mighty”, and I’ll be on the spotlight because everyone else will still be eating.
Me-Cindy: Could you be sipping on tea or coffee or another beverage (non-alchohol, of course).
Client: I could do that!
Me-Cindy: Any other concerns?
Client: I want to go into the holiday meals with no emotional issues that I may be inclined to resolve with food. I need to deal with that before sitting down at the table, so that I don’t eat to medicate.
Me-Cindy: Sounds like you have that figured out! So, how will you ensure any emotional issues are dealt with before eating?
Client: Talking with you and getting your suggestions are so helpful. I like it when you tell me to ‘flip the switch” in my brain!
Me-Cindy: Have a Happy Thanksgiving!