Happy Friday friends!
Today is truly a happy Friday indeed… It’s been a long and busy work week, so I’m more than ready for this weekend to be here! Not only that, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means I get to see my family soon! Yay!
Speaking of Thanksgiving and the holidays, I’ve been noticing a lot of magazine articles, blog posts, and other internet articles plastered all over the place about “cutting back on sugar” or “not gaining weight through the holidays” or “getting a jumpstart on your New Year’s weight loss resolution”, blah, blah, blah. Good grief, enough is enough!
All of these messages being thrown at us are just adding to the constant pressure to be thin, eat a certain way, you name it. It really just comes down to balance and moderation. I know that’s no news flash to many of you, but I promise a brownie won’t kill you. Even a brownie AND a cookie won’t kill you! Crazy, right?! In fact, I think a brownie AND a cookie in one night can be pretty darn good for the soul every once in awhile. Now I wouldn’t recommend eating a brownie and cookie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Throwing a few veggies in there might be a good idea, but you get the picture.
In the past, I’ve totally been guilty of making a bunch of “rules” for myself around the holidays and restricting myself from various foods. In fact, I wrote about my anxieties surrounding the holidays last year right around this time because of all of the limits I placed on my eating. Boy have things changed! (Thank goodness!)
I’ve noticed that the minute I start telling myself I shouldn’t have something or that certain foods are “off limits” is when I get myself into trouble. If I have one of those “off limit” foods, I start to feel guilty, then I eat more of it because I feel guilty, then I feel even more guilty, and so on and so forth. It’s such a vicious cycle! Fortunately through my experience with HA, I was able to develop a healthier mentality toward food. I’m so excited to approach this year’s holidays with no food restrictions or rules!
All of this being said, I want to make a little challenge for you all through the holiday season…
- NO rules or restrictions allowed!
- Enjoy the holidays and all that it entails! Treats included!
- Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Please understand that I’m not saying it’s okay to go eat a dozen cookies or have dessert for every meal of the day. You know I’m all about my fruits and veggies, but I also believe a treat here and there is good for the soul and totally necessary!
Enjoy your Friday! And have a cookie while you’re at it!
- Do you experience food anxiety around the holidays?
- What are some of your favorite holiday treats?