Words by Frou Williams.
If like me, with silly season upon us, your Facebook and Instagram feed is filled with health and fitness professionals practically yelling at you to step away from the mulled wine and mince pies because you'll 'regret' it in January then my friend, this post if for you.
There's a famous quote which goes, "Life should not be about a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely, in an attractive, well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming , 'woo-hoo! What a ride!'
Of course, I'm not suggesting eating your body weight in chocolate, roast potatoes or champagne, because, yes come January 1st, chances are, you're going to regret it and those once fitting trousers are going to be somewhat on the tighter side! ;-) BUT, (and I can't stress this 'but' enough) it is important that if you are going to eat or indulge in whatever it is that brings you pleasure over the festive period, or if indeed at any time, then really it is so important that you enjoy EVERY LAST MOUTHFUL.
Why do I hear you ask? Well, let's say for example you reward yourself with a gorgeous piece of chocolate (bar, slab, mountain, yah been there), if you then mentally punish yourself for eating said chocolate - "good one fat ass, now you've done it, you're useless" - sound all too familiar? Firstly I say, blah to your inemy*! The stress that causes your body actually slows down digestion, much the same if we're texting while eating which can a) lead to overeating but most importantly b) when you're body is in 'stress mode' or fight or flight response it's not designed to deal with digestion at the same time - the two simply don't work together.
Studies show that people who have higher levels of cortisol in their bodies (the stress hormone) are more likely to be overweight and find it hard to shift those stubborn extra pounds.
So fuck, who wants to be stressed and fat? You want to have your cake and eat it too right? SO... don't sweat it. It's all about balance. If you do go wild on the chocolate, wine or mince pie front just try and include an extra workout or even if it's just getting yourself outdoors for a walk.
And the main thing?
Enjoy every mouthful! (Oh and send me pics of course) ho ho ho 😉