I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of the year. But I feel really strongly that it is a part of the year that we should't try to make healthy, put restrictions on our diet or stop ourselves from having fun.
I'm not suggesting that the whole of December is signed away to binge eating and letting go of good intentions. However, we can easily have a great time and bend the rules when we get together on Christmas day with family and friends - and I don't think we should have to feel guilty about it. After all, new year and all the resolutions that come with it are just a few days later. A week of indulgence never killed anybody.
This is what you get if you google 'how to have a healthy Christmas' :
Now I can't talk for you, but to me this overload of information seems overwhelming and just unhelpful. Christmas guilt isn't a phrase yet (I hope!) and definitely shouldn't become one. It is a time for indulgence and celebration, regardless of the consequences for your waistline.
As well as this, I don't think that eating healthily and treating yourself have to be opposites. Many people work on an 80, 20 rule - eating healthily 80% of the time and treating yourself 20% of the time. This can work brilliantly and adds another layer of motivation to eat well. Save up a few weeks of good eating, and Christmas can be your 20% off.
I will ask you this as your Christmas present to me:
Forget eating healthily for a few days, and instead
See you in the new year!
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