“How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain”
“How to Stay On Track During the Holidays”
“How Many Calories Are in Your Holiday Meal?”
“How to Gobble, So You Won’t Wobble”
This is always a topic that comes up in the media and in popular culture this time of year.
And it irks me to no end.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa, Friendsgiving
The time period between November and January is usually villainized for destroying diets and causing weight gain, getting us off track from our workout and exercise routine, and causing us to go in to an over-corrective spree of New Years Resolutions related to weight loss and pant sizes
You may be surprised to hear me say that I think this is all BS.
The holidays are not about food. They are not about overindulgence and putting one’s health to the wayside in the name of mashed potatoes and apple pie.
Holidays are for family. They are for culture. They are for love…
… not just calories.
Many people, myself included, like to show love through food. By taking the time to select recipes our family and friends would enjoy and taking the care to create an aesthetically pleasing spread.
Family recipes passed down from your great-grandmother who did not know the science experiments that are margarine and Splenda.
“Food brings people together; dieting puts up barriers.”
Contrary to what that morning talk show may have you believe, one meal will not “ruin” your body. Heck, not even 10 meals will. Your health and your body are the result of hundreds of thousands of choices made day after day and year after year.
You can eat a cookie at Christmas, enjoy a Jack and Coke, and skip a workout because the gym is closed and still fit in to your clothes when you return from vacation the next day.
You are still a healthy person – you are still in control of what you put in your body and how you decide to move it.
The holidays should be about enjoying yourself – not creating undue stress.
You cannot be both your best self and micromanaging every gram of food that goes in to your mouth at the same time.
Choose smaller portions of more indulgent foods. Eat when you’re hungry. Plan for healthy snacks throughout the day. Don’t skip meals. Load up on salad and veggies. Slow down and enjoy every bite.
And guess what… that story that the average person gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Yeah, it’s more like 1-2.
So ask yourself, is 1-2 pounds really worth putting yourself through food guilt, body shaming, and missing out on the only relationships that truly matter in life?