The holiday season, you know how it goes – rush around to buy your loved ones things they probably don’t need, make waayyy too many sugar cookies, and eat until none of your jeans will comfortably button. ‘Tis the season! It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeaaa—- WAIT, I don’t know about you, but none of this sounds that wonderful to me. What it actually sounds like is not enough money, too many things, and a real big belly ache. Um, not fun.
In fact, its the time of the year when we find ourselves most overcome with guilt and shame for of all the sugary, sweet treats we’re eating and the resulting inability to truly enjoy the holidays with the ones we love. I get it. I’ve lived it, too. I used to spend holiday dinners meticulously counting calories in my head and feeling like I was one heartbeat away from plunging face-first into the pumpkin cheesecake because I couldn’t exercise one more ounce of self-control. From November to January, I would be overwhelmed with feelings of self-loathing because of all of the holiday foods I was eating. It became one of the most stressful times of the year for me. Not wonderful. No joy. Just stress and fear and heaping piles of self-loathing. I had completely lost touch with the meaning of the holiday season and was unable to enjoy what I was being told was the happiest season of all.
As the years went by and I traded plunging head-first into cheesecake for diving into heart-first into self-love, I realized that, contrary to popular belief, the holidays are actually NOT about eating your body weight in sweet treats and purchasing trivial items for your family. The holidays are about connecting with the ones we love and sending kindness and generosity out into the world. It’s not the gifts and cookies that make this time of year so wonderful, it’s the love and the joy and the kindness.
The secret to ditching food guilt and truly enjoying the holiday season is to be generous with love. Love for yourself. Love for others. Be generous. Shift your focus from food to love during the holidays this year. Go out and do something nice for another person. Volunteer. Send a card. Call your grandma. Hug your mom. Making other people feel good will make you feel good, too. And, here at Body Love Tribe, we feel certain that the secret to loving your body is to feel good living in it.
So, put away your credit card. Put down the icing. And, step away from the cookies. You won’t find the joy of the holidays hidden in these things. You will find it in love. Go out and give love, feel love, be love. That’s how to enjoy the holiday season.
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