Reset your Mindset


We're about to embark on a week of parties, events, late nights and perhaps some glutenous behavior.

Are you already freaking out about what you'll be eating at your holiday meals? How you're going to stay on your healthy eating train, your morning routine, your nightly golden milk ritual? Not to mention your workouts and vitamins?

Believe me when I tell you that you can stop worrying so much.

The holiday season isn't about deprivation or starvation or beating yourself up about eating an extra Yorkshire pudding at Christmas dinner. (I know I'll be having at least 2!)

This time of year is about enjoyment and love and allowing yourself to eat the dang food as well as knowing when to stop.

Is it enjoyment or overdoing it? Are you eating that cookie because you're truly enjoying it or because Aunt Marge made it and you're just making sure you're on her good side?

I want you to truly enjoy your food. Truly enjoy every bite this season. But if that bite is tinged with guilt and stress and full of 'should' then take a step back. Put the cookie down. I promise you won't hurt anyone's feelings.

Especially for the pregnant mamas out there - holidays with families can be an awkward time. It never ceases to amaze me how many people out there think (or joke ... let's hope they're just joking!) that a mama-to-be is eating for two and her plate should be as big as a trash can lid. 

Y'all know that's not the case, right? Right. But, often, grandma doesn't know and piles more food on. Your dad makes jokes and now you feel incredibly conflicted. Should you eat it all or leave it be? And if you're really struggling, you may walk away without eating a single bite because of all the mixed emotions and recommendations.

So here's my advice:

Eat what you truly enjoy eating.

Leave the rest. 

Don't worry about what your family is thinking (remind yourself that their opinions and their fears are a reflection of THEM and have nothing to do with YOU) or eating or drinking. In fact, don't worry at all. You do you, mama. And you'll do just fine.

There's little more empowering than turning down a piece of pie because you truly don't want it instead of begrudgingly adding it to your plate because you feel obligated. 

Be empowered this holiday season and trust your own hunger, trust your own body, and trust that you know what's best for you.

Brianna Towne