Last weekend was my first real taste of the holiday spirit. We went to Seattle to visit my Dad and on Saturday we went downtown, to Pike Place Market (you know, where they throw the fish) and it was bustling with Christmas shoppers, fresh pine wreaths, and holiday music.

We did all the touristy things like visiting the Space Needle and went to Chihuly Garden and Glass (highly recommend), but then we spent some time out in nature too.

What Chocolate Taught Me About Feeling Just Right

Seattle Deception Pass Bridge

We also took a tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory. Being the chocolate lover that I am, I was in heaven. Their chocolate bars are amazing and they had samples of everything.

Going into the tour I set the intention that I wanted to feel good afterward, so I didn't want to O.D. on chocolate. My prayers were answered.

The Proper Way to Eat Chocolate

During the tour, our tour guide showed us the proper way to eat quality chocolate. First, you place a small square of the chocolate bar in your mouth.

Then you bite it a few times. Then you let it sit on your tongue and melt. This is when all of the flavors are released.

I've heard this before, but having this reminder as I was eating the chocolate was so helpful! What a difference this makes.

Eating the pieces of chocolate in this way was so satisfying and the pieces last so much longer. I was much more present in what I was doing and was able to enjoy the flavors and textures of each piece of chocolate so much more.

Once the tour was over, I left feeling completely happy with the amount of chocolate that I ate. I didn't feel sick and I didn't feel deprived, I felt just right.

Set the Intention to Feel "Just Right"

I think this is an important thing to practice during the holiday season, whether you are eating chocolate, cookies, or mashed potatoes.

You don't have to feel deprived, and you also don't have to overdo it just because it's the holidays. It's possible to go to your holiday parties, eat, enjoy, and leave feeling just right.

Set the intention when you wake up in the morning, before you bake your holiday cookies, go to the party, or before you put the food on your plate.

You want to feel good. You want to make food choices that leave you feeling not overly full, not deprived, but just right.

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