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Happy Start To The Holiday Season!

Wishing you all a joyful holiday, filled with all the things you love the most!

Thanks for reading me on this Fantastic Friday! My blog plans fell apart and I was not able to get one published in time!

So again, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day and I wish that all your dreams will come true!

And THANK YOU for trusting me with your time and your food plan and your recovery plan., and for reading this. I am blessed and grateful that I am able to help you in this way.

What I want to talk about this week is the rest of this year. How do you plan to maintain your food boundaries in this holiday season?

Remember it is only a few days, about 42, till the beginning of the new year. It’s not forever. How do you really want to use these days? What would you like to accomplish? There are only 38 days left in 2023. What will you make of them? What do you really want? What will give you hope and joy and peace?

I wish we could stop the anger and fighting and hatred; but I don’t have control over that. Yet I can sow love and peace in my life and in some others’ lives and I will do my best to do that this year.

Look back; what are you most grateful for this year?

What would give you pleasure?

What would help you move through these days in serenity?

What is the gift you want to give yourself?

Do you need extra support? What kind?

Do you need to solve a problem or make an amend?

And now begins the holiday seasons. For the next 38 days, now is the time the food changes; we find ourselves needing to think about getting together, and eating in different places and different foods as well.

We also need to protect ourselves from all the COVIDS, RSV’s FLU’s, that hang around these days. While I am not a germaphobe, I am someone that had to take microbiology to get my degree. Many of us get sick at this time of the year, and we really do not want to be sick, so, I wanted to remind you of some things, in addition to following your food plan.

First and foremost, wipe down your counters, doorhandles, etc. with some sort of cleanser; and wash your hands regularly. If you are in an office and see a bottle of hand sanitizer on the counter, indulge yourself and take a squirt. Try to keep your hands off your nose and face. Wash your hands with soap regularly. Say the serenity prayer as you wash, the soap may need a bit of time to collect all the buggies hidden there under your nails!

If this is the time that you are going to make your own chicken rice soup (just in case you get sick) remember that raw chicken often has salmonella and that you need to be careful of what the chicken touches, but also what YOU touch after touching the raw chicken. Before you know it, you may have it all over your kitchen – so be thoughtful. Wash off the counter and the cutting board with soap. Pay attention to where you put that lettuce you just washed. Don’t leave the fruit slices on the counter while you work on the chicken.

At work, take a minute in the middle and the end of the day to wipe off your workspace with an appropriate cleanser. Be careful of touching other people’s things. (Where has that pen been?)

I want you to follow your food plan. Plan it out to get what you need, say no when you must. Think about what you would want in the house just in case you get ill in the next few weeks and pick it up the next time you are at the grocery. And extra tissues! And the kind you can carry with you, too!

If you feel like you are getting ill, increase your water. Yes, this can be just water, water with lemon in it, or a cup of soothing hot tea.  The increase in the water will help your body get rid of the bugs quickly. Eat whatever portions of the food plan food you can. If you cannot eat your entire lunch at lunch, try again an hour or so later to see if you can get more into your body.  The food is important to give your body what it needs to continue fighting those little bugs and keeping them from multiplying.

And this time of year is supposed to be a time of celebration and joy. Whether you are sick or not, please take time for yourself. Do the things you love and enjoy. Take time for the people you want to be with.

And you are allowed to choose to spend some time with yourself! If you are tired, rest, read a book, pick up a long-lost hobby, do something that soothes your soul.    Please be welcome to call or email me if you need support with food or the holidays. And let’s give thanks for the good we see. Take time to hear your Higher Power if you have one, or to listen to your own inner core of wisdom, or to listen to other “wise ones” you trust.

Wacky Wednesdays will continue into the new year and new programs are coming in January, so stay in touch!

I wish you a blessed and joyful holiday season!

Let’s make the most of what we’ve got!

Theresa

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