Moderation Looks Different During the Holidays and That is OK
By Kelly Corbett--We don’t always have the best relationship with food. As the holidays roll in, that can be a little intimidating.
For some of us, this is our worst nightmare slathered in gravy.
In between questions from relatives asking you what the hell you’re doing with your life, family members fill your plate. You’re very aware this isn’t your typical meal. You freak out, panic. You have a history with abnormal eating habits and a past with letting food control your life. And right now, your worst fear is mounted on a plate and you must face it.
Meanwhile, everyone is happy! Everyone is raving about the food, going for seconds, then thirds, and rubbing their bellies and cracking jokes. They don’t think about food like you do. You wonder how they can eat so much without regret. How can they keep so calm and cheerful after chowing down? But you haven’t yet realized that moderation looks different during the holidays and that’s OK.
There’s no doubt that your plate looks different this time of year. Your diet will get a slight makeover for a couple days. Now, it may be scary to see your normal plate of dinner turned into a Thanksgiving feast. You may get nervous when you see restaurants and stores are heavily advertising their holiday treats and dishes. “Why is everyone so obsessed with food this time of year?” you’ll think, but in actuality, this is the norm of the holiday season.
Part of celebrating the holidays is the food. And if you let your eating disorder dictate what goes on your plate during the holidays, you’re letting it win. You’re letting your eating disorder be the Grinch that stole Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or whichever other holidays your family celebrates. It’s normal to eat more during the holidays.
Look down. Take a deep breath. It’s just food on a plate. It’s apple pie, it’s peppermint bark, it’s glazed ham. Eating different foods to enjoy yourself is all part of the holidays. It’s a couple days of celebrating and a couple of sweet treats in between. Indulge, enjoy, and don’t beat yourself up over it.
Your body powers you through each day, and a couple of days on a different track won’t hinder your progress. You’re this beautiful being and it’s just food on a plate. That’s all it is. Food.