Mindset Tips to Avoid the Christmas Food Guilt

I get that Christmas is going to be a little different this year, but probably something that will be the same is the fear we experience around food.

It can be a real struggle at this time of year when we are surrounded by festive delights. We experience fear and anxiety about eating too much and piling on the pounds.

I want you to be kind to yourself and enjoy the festive season – I think we all deserve that, this year more than ever!

Below you’ll find my 3 mindset tips to help avoid the festive food guilt so you can enjoy Christmas the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Tip 1: Watch your language

Think about the language you use to describe foods. Do you use words like naughty, sinful and bad? These words are rooted in diet culture where you are taught that some foods are good and some are bad. Well, unlike Santa’s naughty and nice list, there really aren’t any bad foods, only bad thoughts about food.

Tip 2: Don’t beat yourself up

What thoughts do you have around overindulging at Christmas? Do you tell yourself that you’re weak for eating that Quality Street, and berate yourself for your lack of willpower? Having a house full of chocolate and being expected not to eat it isn’t about being weak, it’s about being human.

Tip 3: Enjoy yourself

It’s so important to find joy in the foods you love. Think about what food you enjoy the most and what really gets you excited! Don’t just eat food that happens to be there if you’re not really enjoying it. Eat your favourite foods – whatever they are (yes, really!) – and savour every mouthful with a smile on your face!

I’ve put together a wonderful collection of 35 delicious Christmassy recipes that will help you enjoy the delights of this time of year without so much of the guilt. You can find out all the details here: https://www.laurengayfer.com/festive-ebook.

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