I've always loved Christmas, but there's also a little part of me that used to fear it...the food that is.
I know I am not alone here either. The anxiety would set in, as chocolates and desserts were laid in front of me. Gravy poured with love, and my cup overflowing with yummy wine!
It's a joyous time. I am not saying it isn't, but it can be a week, sometimes two full weeks of guilt, feelings of failure, fear, lack of will power, the list goes on. The foods that I limited myself of year round surrounded me, everywhere I turned.
I would find myself saying things to myself like:
“I shouldn’t have ate that”
“I have no self-control”
“I hate how I feel now”
So I had two options going into Christmas this year:
a) Let those thoughts eat at my mind. Workout extra hard.. out of feelings of guilt. Remind myself each time that I placed another chocolate in my mouth that I will pay for it in the New Year!
b) Engage in the family fun of food, laughter and joy. Embrace a few extra pounds, but know that the foods around me are available year round. There is nothing different that should create the need for me to binge or over indulge.
Over the years this kind of guilt, pain and constant yo-yo behaviour was crushing me from the inside out and I didn't know how to deal with it. I mean we're living in a society obsessed with dieting and perfection. We are surrounded by words and messages such as:
This Year, I Have A New Plan...
a) Look at the entire year or the month as a whole, not just the day of Christmas or the celebrations! Look at the success I had with my workouts and getting all my proper nutrition in, the other 95% of the year. That's a pretty dope way to look at it!
b) Embrace the foods that I want to eat and eat until I am FULL (not until all the food is gone). Because really, I can have some leftover turkey, chocolate AND a glass of wine tomorrow again, if I want to.
c) Stop worrying about the food. Focus on not missing a moment, the laughter, cheers, the hugs and the family time. The FOOD will be there tomorrow, those moments will come and go.
d) NO GUILT! It doesn’t matter what happens, If I eat one too many chocolates or don’t count my macros perfectly. Being hard on myself over food is not allowed this year!
These may seem silly, but for someone who has struggled with food for years and understands the importance of eating mindfully, I want to help others think of ways to embrace the season, be merry and bright! I also understand just how it feels to be hard on yourself and restrict, or punish yourself via food! So let's say "NO!" to that together this year!
Set your own rules up for this year's Christmas and holiday celebrations. Take ownership over your food guilt and DON'T let it ruin you!