I know I’ve been MIA for awhile, but we have successfully moved! David has started his new job, and I’ve been focusing on getting the apartment set up, exploring the area (I LOVE that we are so close to Trader Joes and Aldi’s! Normal things make me way too excited right now!), and navigating through all the things that come with moving (i.e new licenses, new car tags, changing our address on EVERYTHING.) This week I finally feel like I have a little bit of time to sit down, work on some Beautycounter things, brainstorm for the blog, and just catch up on life, emails, etc.
I wanted to pop in here as we gear up for the holiday season! I love this time of year so much-decorating the Christmas tree, extra time with family and friends, Christmas music (Can you say N’Sync Christmas? It seriously never gets old…), and all of the holiday festivities…food included!
But one thing I am not a fan of around this time of year is all the hype I see in the “health and wellness” sphere about how to stay “healthy” around the holidays by keeping off those holiday pounds. Articles are filled with advice on how to trick yourself into feeling full before the Christmas party, or the best workout to burn enough calories for those Christmas cookies, or even how to make healthy swaps in your traditional recipes. And to be honest, I used to love reading these types of articles. These articles are telling us how to be “healthy,” and that’s what we all want, right? However, as my view of real health has changed over the years, I now know that:
- Weight does not equal health.
- Weight has nothing to do with your self-worth.
- Mental health goes hand in hand with physical health.
I’m sure the authors of these kinds of articles mean well, but to me, these types of things provoke a feeling of guilt and shame for enjoying the festivities of this season. It makes it seem like we should say “no” to the eggnog and cheese plates, and instead stick with the fruit and veggie trays with low-fat dip.
I know you are probably confused and saying, “Huh? Is a holistic nutritionist actually telling me to eat cookies and pies and all of the things?!” And in a way, I am. Although, I still believe in nourishing your body with nutritious foods, I also believe in nourishing your mind with experiences and food that will make you happy. Eating a couple cookies or a large holiday meal does not make you unhealthy, any more than eating a green smoothie makes you healthy. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with our family and friends, and that does not mean restricting ourselves from foods and experiences that may actually make us less stressed and happy.
And let’s be real, you are not going to be eating cookies and cake and pies for every meal over the next month. Your body is smarter than you think and will guide you back to eating protein and healthy fats and carbs again. And IF you gain a little bit of weight in the next couple of months, know that it was from truly enjoying the season with those that you love and experiencing the festivities around you, which is what really matters. (But see above…Weight does not equal self-worth, so the fear of gaining weight should not even matter. Easier said than done, I know. But still. Read it again…your weight has nothing to do with your self-worth.)
The holiday season is a time to enjoy. Enjoy the people around you. Enjoy the festive food and cozy holiday drinks. Enjoy the true reason for the season. It is meant to be enjoyed. It is not meant to be feared. Instead of being consumed with what our culture tells us is healthy, fill your mind with gratitude for your many blessings. And that, my friends, is what will make you the healthiest this season.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!