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The Holiday Shame

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post - it feels good to sit down and write something to share with you all that is very meaningful to my heart!

Many of us are no stranger to body shaming, in some form or fashion. We've been too heavy or too thin or too muscular or too lean for someone's taste. Our bodies have been commented on like a celebrity news column, not like a flesh and blood human with feelings. At some point, our lifestyle choices have been dissected and inspected, ridiculed and eye rolled. "That's all you're eating?" "Are you on the rabbit diet?" "Don't make me eat all this alone!" Insert your choice phrase that relates to you.

While these remarks are perhaps sprinkled throughout the year, they seem especially common during the holiday season. We have parties and commitments and family gatherings galore - that's part of the fun of this time of year! Much of these times together centers around food. This is where I want to help you change the narrative - and encourage you.

Yes, the holidays are magical. But, it is a season. If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle, no one has the power to take that away from you. Not your mother or your cousin or your beloved Aunt Susan. Just because it is the holiday season doesn't mean you have forgotten your health, your precious body, and your own goals you have set for yourself. You do not have to make excuses to anyone for committing to your health. Period.

By no means do I mean refrain from things you enjoy. But, enjoy them within reason. And, do not be guilted into eating something you have decided to refrain from or to limit. When the season passes and a new year begins, I want you to feel STRONG and CONFIDENT that you are living the best lifestyle you can. I want you to feel empowered to say "No, thank you" without having to explain yourself. YOU have made the decision and YOU are the only one who will live with that decision you have made.

I want you to give yourself permission this year to let go of the guilt, the stress, and the worry over the holiday foods. Let yourself enjoy the fellowship, the festivities, the beautiful lights and decorations, the sweet memories with your children, and remembering the real reason for the season!


patty lauren


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