This time of year there is no way I am going to avoid eating chocolate! Daily the postman is bringing me gifts of chocolate and chocolate biscuits, and this is where it gets easier or harder depending on you point of view. For me it’s sometimes easier and harder – I may seem contrary, let me explain, it works like this. To see the amount of good chocolate if I had been ‘dieting’ would be overwhelming, in the past I have sat there with all boxes opened and nibbles out of each (spoiling it for anyone else!), I would then feel faintly sick and either (depending on my mood), put them somewhere ‘safe’, or throw them away. The ‘safe’ place would inevitably be ransacked and the nibbles start all over again. What can you do? This is how I now deal with this. Sometimes I leave them unopened and take them into town with me and give them to the first unsuspecting homeless person I see, or re- wrap and re-cycle to a relative or/and friend. Other times I will open them and then use a mindfulness technique, which I will describe. This should take less than 3 min. First get comfortable, taking a few slow breath, notice your breathing, in and out slowly. Look at the chocolate/biscuits/desired food and think about who sent it to you, see them clearly in your mind, try to sense in you body what feelings arise with this person, just sense and let it pass, do not get attached to the thought. Next with the food in front of you, scan you body for it’s physical reaction to the food, i.e is your mouth watering, tummy growling, desire growing inside. Now imagine picking some of it up and putting it in you mouth, feel the sensation, imagine the chewing and all the flavour filling your mouth, spend some time doing this, feel the imagined food as it slips down your throat and into your stomach. Now, breathing, watching your breath, in and out ask yourself how you would feel if you had ate it? Would you be able to have just one or two pieces? (Don’t kid yourself), would it be worth it? Bring yourself into the present moment and make your decision. This exercise if repeated can result in less thoughtless eating, which as we all know is often when we put on those few, or more pounds. Christmas is nearly here and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and all that you wish for yourselves.