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Navigate Your Family Christmas Traditions and Food Culture
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For centuries, food has been a common element that has brought people together to socialise and celebrate – it is part of culture and tradition. Christmas is a time that combines family, celebration, culture, tradition, food and drinks.

Often some foods are only prepared and served once a year, on certain special occasions, like Christmas. This is why food is such a central aspect to our Christmas celebrations.

Many cultures and families show their love through food, and therefore food equals love. If you don’t eat the food that has been lovingly prepared then it is seen as a rejection of love.

As a result, you may feel pressured into eating certain foods, and eating more than you want to, as you want to please family, and not cause conflict.There can be a pressure to have seconds or more than standard portion sizes.

To help you reconnect with what is most important to you about the Festive Season Holidays, remind yourself what makes this time of year special.

Some of the reasons for you could be:

 

  • Connecting with family and friends;
  • Spending time with those closest to you;
  • Celebrating culture and tradition, and
  • Finding time to relax and de-stress.

Food Equals Love and Leads to Food Pushing 

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The truth is, there’s more than just eating and drinking on the holidays – it’s really about sharing moments and happiness with the people you love most.

When grandma serves her traditional dish, notice everyone around – embrace the nostalgia, tradition, thankfulness and enjoyment. Notice what is going on and join in with the fun and love!

You can have a little without feeling guilty!

If food is pushed on you, be assertive and move the focus from you and tell them how much you love and appreciate them and what they have made, created, or done for you over the past year.

This is called deflection – moving the subject from one topic to another.

You can say how much you enjoyed their dish and then get them talking about the tradition behind the dish and how it became a family tradition.

If none of this works, you can say you are full, and either put your napkin over your plate or take your plate to the sink – removing you and it from the conversation.

Empower yourself to maintain your boundaries at family celebrations –  around food, eating and drinking – while still being able to enjoy yourself. Who doesn’t want to have a little of Nana’s Christmas Pudding, or to be able to say no without causing tension?

 

Balance Is The Key . . .

You don’t have to sacrifice eating to be healthy.

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With so much food on offer, you may tend to go into a mindless, feasting mode where you just binge. Alternatively, you have had a consistent mindset that each and every year, Christmas is when you give yourself a ‘free pass’ and eat whatever you want. Let’s be honest, this is neither healthy nor balanced and can have lasting effects on your psychological and physical health.

We are privileged, and most of us no longer live in a yearly famine state. Therefore, the majority of the foods that you consume during Christmas are available to you each and every day throughout the year.

If you really connect and get this, then you can begin to change how you feel and see food during the Festive Season.

This year, make a choice to change your mindset and eating behaviours with a focus on balance.

Eating and your choice of foods is a mindful act . . .

Living a balanced and healthy lifestyle is not about diets or overindulgence. Being healthy and finding balance is a daily habit that you can embrace without having to starve yourself from some of the nice things.

If you need a bit of extra support over the Festive Season, then get in touch with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today. We can support you by providing you with tools and strategies to create positive change to help you find or maintain balance in your everyday life.

Click on the below button to start creating balance in your relationship with food and eating, and improve your relationship with your family and ultimately yourself!