For a whole range of reasons, Christmas can feel like a bit of a battle when it comes to food. Over the festive period, our routines are totally thrown, we rarely even know what day it is and there can be a lot going on. If you’re used to eating in a certain routine or following a plan, it can be difficult. I know I’ve certainly stressed in the past about how I’m going to stay ‘on track’ over Christmas and how much weight I might gain. Luckily, my relationship with food is becoming much more positive as I mature*.
So on that note, here’s what I say: Let’s just sack it all off!
Because you know what? There is more to life than worrying over what we put in our mouths – at any time of the year. But especially at Christmas. Christmas is about family, friends, and indulgence and that’s what we should be focusing on.
Everyone has a different approach to eating; some people like to count macros, some of us are trying to lose or gain weight, some of us eat intuitively, the list goes on. All of those things are fine if you’re doing them in a healthy way and if they give you happiness, but don’t let any of it stress you out, especially at Christmas.
So go on…eat that extra pig in blanket, drink that cider at 11am because it’s Christmas, goddammit. Enjoy yourself, enjoy whatever you have planned and let go of food guilt. If you can, try to let go of those fears, because a few weeks of indulgence and enjoying yourself is not going to cause any drastic changes in the long-run.
And when the New Year comes, resist the temptation to get ‘back on track’ out of guilt and ‘make up for’ all the stuff you ate or drank. You don’t have to punish yourself for having a good time. If you want to get back into a more balanced approach to food and exercise because that’s what you like, go for it! But don’t ever feel as though you are obligated to.
Let’s all make a vow this Christmas to treat ourselves with the same kindness and love we give to our family and friends. Now and always you deserve to live and enjoy life without judging yourself for what you eat. And like I said in yesterday’s Instagram post, the best food is even more enjoyable when you don’t feel guilty for eating it!
*on a side note, one of my New Years resolutions for 2018 was to develop a healthier relationship with food. I’m actually really proud of how much I’ve achieved in this respect. It does take a lot of trial and error to find out what works for you, but I’m slowly managing to let go of labelling ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods and eating healthily but without restriction, which is my ultimate aim.