Two weeks ago, a girlfriend shared how she’d been invited to a cookie exchange with a bunch of super cool women but didn’t want to go because she was afraid of being around all the cookies.
Whoa. Cookies instilling fear?
Then I remembered one particularly painful Christmas cookie baking session from a few years ago.
It was ugly. So ugly.
I’d physically made myself sick from eating too many cookies. Sick in a way I’d never experienced before.
My tummy ached and was distended beyond belief. There was nausea. My skin was on fire and a rash had broken out all over my neck. And I was buzzing, literally. My body was vibrating from all the sugar and adrenaline and cortisol.
I was a mess, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Cue the negative self-talk. I berated myself, said ugly nasty things and lived through a state of self- assault lasting three solid days. It was untenable. And so mean. And beyond destructive.
Since then, I’ve done a lot of work around my thoughts about food. A lot.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cookies or chocolate or pigs in a blanket, our thoughts trip us up and we get lost in the spin.
Since consumption and opportunity are in abundance this time of year, here are a few strategies to help as you navigate the many delights presented.
Hope this helps, even if it’s to know others have had similar experiences.
Hugs and love and peace.
Stacey (+ Sarah)