Christmas - a love-hate relationship

 My love relationship with Christmas

My love relationship with Christmas

Some love it, some hate it. I love-hate it.
I love it because it's the time of the year where I get to bake Christmas cookies, put up the Christmas tree and think about ways on how to surprise my loved ones.
I hate it because it's the time of the year where you get invited to a zillion dinners with lots of drinking and eating - a nightmare for someone with an eating disorder.

On the days I had an invitation scheduled, I increased my workout and made sure I'm not eating much during the day itself. That made me feel so starved by the end of the day, that I usually ate too much during the dinner (in my opinion) and felt super bad afterwards. Well today I know better and I want to share with you some tips on how to enjoy your Christmas time even tough food/eating might be an issue for you.

  • Never go starved to a dinner. Make sure you eat a nourishing breakfast and lunch so that your blood sugar won't crash. Maybe even have a fruit before the dinner so that you are not overeating later.
  • Drink enough water throughout the day so that you are well hydrated. Especially if you plan on drinking some alcohol.
  • Even though Christmas time might be a time where you want to relax and take it easy - make sure you keep your body moving. That doesn't mean you have to hit the gym hard every day but just doing some light walking for an hour can keep your metabolism running.
  • During the dinner itself, don't eat anything you don't want to eat. No-one (and not even your grandmother) can force you to eat anything. Learn to say no when you feel full.
  • Usually Christmas dinners start with appetizers or some sort of aperitif. This is a very dangerous part, where most of us tend to overeat. If you followed my first advice, you won't be starved when arriving at the dinner, so you don't have to stuff your face with all the little (usually high caloric) goodies. One or two just might be enough.
  • And of course, enjoy the celebration with your friends/family and get the most out of it. Christmas is all about showing love - so show some love to yourself and don't be too hard. You might eat and drink a bit too much. That's ok and won't ruin your health or your body.

I hope you all will enjoy the Christmas time and get to celebrate with all your friends and family. If you'd like to make your time till Christmas a bit more exciting - bookmark my advent calendar.

And don't forget - Nurture your happiness
Dominique