"The morning started in good fun until someone suggested an all-you-can-drink mimosa brunch," my friend confessed with guilt in her voice. "Too many drinks and a plate of French toast later, I was feeling pretty guilty over how the afternoon had gotten out of control." Blame it on too many Sex and the City episodes or just social conditioning, but many of us think that an evening (or afternoon, for that matter) can’t be complete without shopping, indulging in sweets, or keeping the party going with a few glasses of chardonnay.
Don’t get me wrong. As a health and life coach, I love a nice glass of champagne, can’t imagine life without chocolate, and get a total serotonin high finding a killer bargain at Century 21. But when those things become your staple activities, the results can be disastrous for your body, budget, and peace of mind. And it raises the question: Is this the only way we think we can let loose?