Feelings of enjoyment, satisfaction and social connection over food are important positives that must be on your plate. A main course of restriction with a side of anxiety and bingeing is a sure-fire way to an unhappy eating life. Oh, and guess what? It’s always guilt for dessert.
Holidays can be a time for family connection, religious contemplation, and meaningful tradition. Food is involved in many of our rituals, it’s embedded deep in human culture. It’s okay for you to take part wholeheartedly, even if you’re trying to get healthy.
So, this holiday, instead of swinging between extremes of overeating and punishing yourself, why not treat yourself in the best way?
Take a deep breath and recentre yourself. True self-love allows you to reach out and connect to those around you. Even when there’s food involved.
Self-love doesn’t put you in a corner drunk and alone, where you come to in a guilty haze, knee-deep in pavlova.
Drink, eat, celebrate, be merry. Make the best choices you can in each situation, and don’t beat yourself up when you inevitably have a slip-up. Forgive yourself and keep going.
And, if you do choose to eat your grandmother’s insanely rich and creamy mashed potatoes, make sure you enjoy the crap out of them! Indulging in holiday foods you love is not a bad thing in itself.