Holiday Bill of Rights

Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights

What if peace on earth could begin at the dinner table? Imagine experiencing an inner peace, free from incessant worry about what to eat. It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you are preoccupied with eating or worried about what to say to relatives who have an annual tradition of telling you what and how to eat.

Consider your Intuitive Eating Bill of Rights, as we enter the holiday season, to help you foster inner peace with food, mind and body.

1. You have the right to savor your meal, without cajoling or judgment, and without discussion of calories eaten or the amount of exercise needed to burn off said calories.

2. You have the right to enjoy second servings without apology.

3. You have the right to honor your fullness, even if that means saying “no thank you” to dessert or a second helping of food.

4. It is not your responsibility to make someone happy by overeating, even if it took hours to prepare a specialty holiday dish.

5. You have the right to say, “No thank you,” without explanation, when offered more food.

6. You have the right to stick to your original answer of “no”, even if you are asked multiple times. Just calmly and politely repeat “No, thank you, really.”

7. You have the right to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Remember, no one, except for you, knows how you feel, both emotionally and physically. Only you can be the expert of your body, which requires inner attunement, rather than the external, well-meaning, suggestions from family.

Copyright © 2010 by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD Published at http://www.IntuitiveEating.org

 

THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A STRONG SET OF RIGHTS!  SINCE EACH FAMILY IS DIFFERENT AND EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS THEIR OWN STRUGGLES, I RECOMMEND YOU DEVELOP YOUR OWN HOLIDAY BILL OF RIGHTS!  WHAT ARE YOUR HOLIDAY BILL OF RIGHTS?! SHARE WITH THE NUTRIFOCUS FAMILY BY COMMENTING BELOW!

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One response to “Holiday Bill of Rights

  1. Hays

    I am not such a big fan of pumpkin pie, BUT the inner freedom and permission to have it for breakfast would be worth EVERY, SINGLE bite and only make it that much more appealing in my eyes!!! I am adding #7 to my personal BILL OF RIGHTS. Are you?!?!?!

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