Christmas is just around the corner; a tradition that is very much appreciated because of the tasty food and treats. However, for many it’s also a tradition associated to anxiety and guilt.
The trees are beautifully decorated, Christmas songs are playing and the smell of gingerbread cookies is all around! It gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling. For me, as for many, Christmas is a time to appreciate your near and dear ones, share special moments with each other and simply enjoy the traditional activities. These traditions often include cookies, treats, buffets, candy and the list goes on. In other words, Christmas is highly associated with not only eating, but eating a lot.
It’s a tradition that is in fact very much appreciated because of the tasty food and treats, but at the same time it’s a tradition that for many lead to anxiety and guilt. Just like enjoying lots and lots of treats seems to be a matter of course, people also seem to expect the guilt as a given consequence.
For example, there’s this phenomenon every single year that everyone feels like they must buy a gym membership to start off the new year. I guess it’s all associated to these traditions around food and the feelings of guilt connected to it. People seem to feel like they should compensate for the” bad habits” during Christmas. For those of you who feel like this, I have something to say; RELAX!
You won’t gain 20 pounds just from having one week of eating treats and Christmas buffets. Just like eating salad one day won’t make you lose a ton of weight, a short period of unhealthy eating won’t do the opposite. What matters is how you eat and live during the rest of the year. That’s where you should put your attention.
So once again, don’t worry about the upcoming days when it comes to eating. It’s not the entire world. We all deserve some treats and Christmas is more enjoyable if we relax and appreciate the days with your loved ones, baking together, laughing together and appreciating the time we have with each other.
By: Clara Mo