Making Peace with Food During the Holidays



The time of year has come where treats of all sorts fill bags, houses, and stores. Delectable chocolates; Kit Kats, Snickers, and Milky Way bars are consumed in record-breaking numbers. Turkeys, roasted and stuffed, are surrounded by buttery carbs and baked sugary desserts. The caloric surplus of the holidays not only raises blood pressures, but also anxieties.  

Days after food and fun, when wrappers are tossed and plates cleared, reality often sets in. Having a good time often leaves many feeling guilty for indulging. Opportunities for great memories, giving, and treats are fulfillments that could result in weight gain. A hyper fixation on changes in body image yields permanent insecurities.

Many teenagers struggle with body positivity and eating, especially around the holidays. The superficial goal to have a “perfect body” can be constantly consuming. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything when physical appearance is regularly at the forefront of minds. Maintaining a strict diet, over-exercising, and undereating are all habits built off body image insecurities. Wasting a life making these detrimental and unrealistic lifestyle choices will never lead to fulfillment. Though the choice is obvious, many still risk the bargain. 

With a mind full of meal trackers and workout plans, the important things often get overlooked. The holidays are a time to have fun with loved ones who won’t be around forever. Focusing on time spent with family is what it’s all about. Numbers and calories are only temporary, but memories will last a lifetime.

To prevent unhealthy behaviors, it’s important to learn how to block out negative thoughts. Reaching out to friends or family members is a good option to seek out help. There are also many hotlines and support groups available to anyone struggling with body dysphoria and other disorders who need someone to talk to outside of their life. A struggle is much better faced with a helping hand. Mental health is nothing to be ashamed about. Though it may not be easy, please talk to someone if you are struggling.

A preoccupied mind holds back the true joy of the holidays. It’s so important to just be with family, and enjoy that extra slice of pie. From the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all deserve to relax and take a break. Life is too short to focus on the details. 

“If you take care of your body, it will take care of you”

-Oprah Winfrey