(originally posted on 24 Oct 2017)
The end of the year is approaching and what comes with that? The holidays! And for majority of people the holidays bring a lot of food! We’ve got Halloween just around the corner (7 sleeps away)! No matter how old or how young you are, Halloween means candy! Who else is stoked for November 1st when all the candy goes on sale?!
Then we’ve got Thanksgiving (30 sleeps away) which is a day dedicated for food, football, friends, and family! Hopefully you will be eating extremely good this year! And while there are definitely plenty of health options to serve to your Thanksgiving guests, there is probably double the amount of unhealthy options. And we can not forget the desserts!
And as Christmas (63 sleeps away) rolls around we’re tempted with holiday cookies, chocolates, and treats. And I know there are people out there who do a big Christmas dinner as well!
For a lot of people out there this can be an anxious and stress inducing time of year. If you struggle in any way with an eating disorder or an unhealthy relationship with food than I can understand why you may not be looking forward to the upcoming months. (And if you do struggle with an eating disorder the Eating Disorder Center Hotline number is 1-888-236-1188). Even for someone who doesn’t struggle with an eating disorder it can be a difficult time of year.
I know many people who are or who have struggled with an eating disorder. And while I have never struggled with an eating disorder personally, I haven’t always had the healthiest relationship with food. “This was the year of eating when I was hungry without punishing myself and I know it sounds ridiculous but that shit is hard”. WHEN THE FAT GIRL GETS SKINNY.
My biggest tips of advice are:
Let’s talk about balance. “Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and a kale salad when your body needs it.” I will always be an advocate for eating the piece of cake. I think it’s so important to enjoy the treasures in life, like sharing a piece of cheesecake with your significant other or baking cookies with your Grandma, rather than saying “no” in fear of feeling a little bloated later on. Life is so much more valuable than the number on the scale. But I also will always advocate and promote living a healthy lifestyle because I believe health and happiness help each other out. And sometimes that means you have to do a few burpees and eat your veggies too. It’s about balance, and doing what feels best for YOU!
Let’s talk about self-love. This is a hard one, at least for me. I’ve written many times before about how it can be so difficult to love yourself (especially women) in a society that preaches “LET US FIX YOUR FLAWS!” which is why it is extra important to love the skin you’re in. As this holiday season approaches make it a priority to talk positively to your body. If you do indulge in a few too many cookies late one night and you wake up in the morning feeling a little bigger than usual, love yourself. It’s okay! You’re not going to gain 5 pounds over night or by eating 5 cookies every once in a while. Love yourself enough to know you deserve seconds or even thirds on Thanksgiving but know that you also deserve to be healthy enough to play flag football in the backyard afterwards.
The holidays are supposed to bring joy and laughter. They are meant to be spent happy and with the people you love. If you are someone who is dreading the holidays due to food or anything else for that matter, I hope you find the joy. I hope you laugh so much you pee your pants! I hope you are surrounded by people who care about you and know the worth you carry. Enjoying the holidays can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. And remember, hard does not mean impossible.
-Spread kindness, love, & gratitude like wildfire.
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