The Silly Season Doesn’t Have To Drive You Nuts
For those who have worked hard all year round, the holiday season represents a time for relaxation and quality time with family and friends. However, for the health-conscious it can be a time of anxiety and pressures.
Your polite request for “just a slither” of your Aunt’s decadent desert is overlooked, and no one seems to hear you when you call out “no whipped cream on mine, thanks!” It’s hard to avoid the copious amounts of less-than-nutritious yet delicious options in front of you, while at the same time trying not to offend any of your well-meaning, food-pushing, relatives.
Well, I’m here to tell you that the holiday season doesn’t have to be the same nutritional torture year after year. In fact, this may seem silly but there is a way you can relax and enjoy the holiday as much as your beer-bellied brothers.
Let Go of the Guilt
Stressing yourself out over food during this time isn’t healthy, so try to let go of feeling so guilty and focus on maintaining a positive relationship with food. You can have your cake and eat it too because guess what? One slice of pudding is not going to ruin your figure forever. Not even a day of bad eating will counter-act a year’s worth of healthy choices and clean eating.
Drink lots of water during the day to keep your body hydrated, digesting food quickly and not mistaking thirst for hunger. If you have a champagne (or two), enjoy it for what it is! Relax, laugh and remember this break of routine is all the more motivation to continue your good habits once you have your schedule back.
Try little bits of all types of food and avoid loading your plate up. Chew slowly and enjoy the taste of ALL foods. Remember, it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell your brain it’s full, so savour your meal and stop when you’re no longer hungry.
Break up the day and the constant food grazing with some backyard or beach cricket, or a walk to the local park to play with the kids’ new soccer ball. Plan a fun day with activities to take the focus off of food.
Rather than buying a bucket of cheap chocolate to fill the house with all-day edibles, avoid unnatural sugars. Bake whole-wheat gingerbread biscuits and sugar-free chocolate treats. Oven-roasted nuts, mini fruit skewers or bowls of fresh cherries and fresh strawberries never go uneaten and are way less likely to provoke guilt-stricken thoughts about snacking.
Make a conscious decision to let go of your negative emotions surrounding food and allow positive thoughts to fill your mind. Appreciate good company and good food as it can create amazing moments to remember forever. This doesn’t mean that good food must be the “dirty” kind but remember if you feel like a little bit here and there, it’s not the end of the world.
Lastly, remember what life is about and enjoy the day for what it is – a time for celebrating love and life together. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the Oxygen community!
With love, Lindy xx