I don't know how sugar became the main meal of the holidays. How powdered this and sprinkled that and glazed whoozy and baked whatsy became the thing to wrap with a shiny bow and serve at the side table.
What I know is that sugar can be a mean little monster, and that it can take advantage of the kindness of holiday cheer.
You are SO much stronger than sugar would make you believe.
What it all comes down to is the glory of your body. Your body WANTS wholesomeness. Your body is WORTH true, feel-good fuel. Step up to the meany-weenie-junky foods, show them your fierce self-love, and then step away from them.
Your body is worth more than a store-bought cookie or tin of mass-produced, high fructose corn syruped ball of something made without a trace of love.
Your body deserves love, in all its true/fresh/ripe/real goodness.
When you've found yourself with spiraling irises, drifting into the "why-not-it's-the-holidays" trap of sticky, crunchy, sugar plum Haites, remember you have the ability to NOT consume it.
Start with your VERY NEXT CHOICE. Add a slice of lemon to a tall glass of water. Chop up all your veggies and toss them in a big bowl with raw nuts and fresh herbs. Stretch deeply in the living room. Draw a hot bath with a few drops of lavender oil.
Think wholesome. Think adoration. Think clean. And then, step into feeling amazing.
If you've spent any amount of time on the interwebs researching diets or nutrition, you've undoubtably heard of the term "clean eating."
Basically, if it doesn't come from the earth or have a mama, chances are the food you're eating isn't "clean."
If it comes in a bag/box/can, has several ingredients that you can't pronounce, comes in a color that has yet to be found in nature, contains dyes, additives, preservatives.... you get the point.... It isn't clean.
And, yeah, I'm all over the clean-eating concept. I think it makes sense. I think it's simple enough to actually follow.
I like the way eating clean makes me feel.
Yes, back to the acknowledging the way things feel.
It's so important. So empowering.
Because, really, even thinking about eating a big ol' bag of Cheetos (delicious, delicious Cheetos) makes me feel, well, bleh.
Thanks to the awareness I personally have of the legitimacy of consuming real, aka "clean," food, I really can't even justify the purchase of Cheetos (or any other bright/crunchy/highly addictive/questionably processed product), simply because ingesting that doesn't make me feel clean.
And let's think about clean.
It goes so much further than eating, so much deeper than sparkling countertops and grime-free fingernails.
Clean is desirable.
Clean is alive.
Clean is freedom.
Let's consider the immense effects of what we put into and onto our bodies, the thoughts we tell ourselves, the way we treat strangers, the dullness of stagnation....
The things we can do to affect the many facets of cleanliness in our lives.
How does it feel to you to be clean?
Emily Nielsen, CPT, is the owner of Fit for Motherhood, LLC, mother of 2 little girls, and an optimist by nature.
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