MY TAKE ON A HEALTHY CHRISTMAS
It's the 21st of December and I suppose there are a few different blog posts I could write right now in this moment...
'How to have a healthy Christmas'
'Guilt-free Christmas recipes
'My Christmas survival guide'
'How to stay on track at Christmas.'
I'm sure each of those titles would be fairly popular. However; although I could dish out my ten top tips to avoiding mince pies or a calorie busting work-out, I feel like I have something for you which is much more important for your wellbeing.
Stop. Stressing. Out. About. Food.
We spend WAY too much energy focusing on feeling shit about the food we've decided to eat. Christmas is about spending time with the people you care about, doing the things you love.
Eat the god damn mince pie or three if it makes you feel good.
Go to the gym and do some squats if it makes you feel good.
Drink the mulled wine if it makes you feel good.
Go on a cold winter walk with your parents if it makes you feel good.
Resort to eating the gold penny Quality Streets even though you hate them if it makes you feel good.
Of all times of the year, this is the time where we should NOT be focusing on how much body fat we're going to gain. Us fitness folk are ironically the worst culprits too, we who spend the majority of the year training hard and look after our bodies. Please give yourself a break.
I'm so tired of seeing 'Christmas Survival' guides. What exactly are we trying to survive guys?! Gaining a bit of body fat is not a matter of life or death so let's stop using this language.
Now i'm not encouraging you to go and stuff your face for the sake of it BUT if you feel 'derailed' by having a few days where your diet is focusing more on what you like the taste of than macro/micro-nutrient values, I'd say you're not in it for the long game.
I personally won't be tracking my calories or macros for the next week or so. Will I hit the gym? I plan to, yes - but simply only because I love training. And if I decide I don't feel like it then I won't. There's so much more to life than eating a certain way or looking a certain way.
Now go and enjoy your Christmas, rather than spending it worrying about the calorie content of your Mum's roast potatoes.