Food is fuel but that's not its sole purpose in our lives
With the holiday season in full swing, I wanted to talk a little bit about healthy eating patterns and some things that people tend to do during the holidays.
This holiday season don’t try to make all of your classic delicious family recipes healthier versions or not make your favorite dish because you’re on a diet. Don’t get so stressed about “messing” up your diets and feel guilty for failing your diet (because after all people don’t fail diets, diets fail people). It is a time for celebration. Food is so much more than just what we need to survive and thrive. Food has the power to connect people, share culture, traditions and give us pleasure. Food is fuel but that’s not its sole purpose in our lives.
The truth of the matter is, there is no one food that is going to make you healthy and fix all your ailments, and conversely, there is no one food that is going to derail your health and kill you.
And don’t get me wrong I’m not saying to just ignore all healthy eating patterns and eat full sticks of butter for the sake of a holiday. But if you try to maintain healthy eating patterns, a little overeating during the holidays certainly won’t hurt you.
So during this season, here are a few things you can try to help maintain those healthy eating patterns
1. If you have a big party that evening, try eating a lighter breakfast and lunch so that dinner you have a greater allowance for calories.
2. While you’re fixing your plate at a family party, you see that green bean casserole or those yams your grandma always makes that you really don’t like all that much but feel obligated to eat, don’t put them on your plate. Don’t waste your calories on foods you don’t love.
3. You could try to increase your activity during this season, but don’t force yourself to exercise to give your body permission to eat. That just opens the floodgates for many disordered eating patterns.
4. If you are asked to bring a dish to an event you can always provide a salad or vegetable tray so you know you will have access to some nutritious foods.
5. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, and if you find that you have overstuffed yourself, don’t make yourself feel guilty. Everyone over eats at times and that is OK.
The goal is to not feel all the food guilt because that can have more harmful effects on your health both mentally and physically than any dessert, or any meal that was overeaten.
So this holiday season remember…
EVERY FOOD IS GUILT FREE.
Emily Simpson Smith
p.s. heres some late but great photos from a friends giving I decorated a few weeks ago.