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The holidays always seem to revolve around processed sugary treats. I used to indulge in these to the point of making myself sick. Emotional eating and a sugar addiction played a big role in my relationship with food. I felt very out of control and ashamed for the choices I was making, but I didn’t know how to stop.
As I became aware of what my behavior was around food, I realized I had a choice. I could continue to play out the vicious cycle of addiction and self-loathing afterward or I could make a new choice. At first, it was very difficult, but over the years, I have developed new traditions to fit my new lifestyle.
Here are some of the new traditions I’ve established to help me navigate through the holidays with ease.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS
At first, it may be difficult or socially unacceptable to make changes like these. But in the long-run, if you stand firm, you will feel better, look better, have more energy, and be an excellent example to others. I remember going to parties the first year I decided to eat mostly raw foods. The pressure I felt was self-imposed but I’d get an occasional look from others around me and questions of what I was eating. It took me awhile to work through these emotions and realize that no one else was going to take care of my body. That was my responsibility. It was no longer worth feeling sick, ashamed, bloated, or in pain just to please everyone around me. As I took charge of my life and did what I knew was right for me, I felt happy and people noticed.
Now, 8 years later, there are a lot healthier options on the Christmas dinner table. My family knows what I will and won’t eat and they do a great job of trying to support me in my efforts. I also bring healthy alternatives to share and get a lot of compliments on the taste as well. I feel more accepted and they ask questions about their own health challenges too. I’m always happy to share the knowledge I’ve learned.
I hope these tips help you this holiday season. Please feel free to visit my website for more recipes and information at www.rawchefwendy.com
Wendy P. Thueson is owner of Raw Chef Wendy, LLC. She is a certified Chef, Master Herbalist, and Raw Food Coach. She is passionate about the healing power of plants and sharing her message of hope with others because of her life changing experience regaining her health in 2009. She suffered from chronic fatigue for 28 years, debilitating neck and back pain, brain fog, stuttering, Grave's disease, and hypoglycemia to name a few. Wendy began eating a high amount of raw foods and using herbs medicinally. As a result, she is now symptom, pain and medication free. She educates all ages through hands-on classes, speaking at various events, and has been featured on television, radio and in magazines. She has authored several books and online programs to help others learn how to eat and live happier lives. She is an adoring wife and mother of four. You may find her at www.rawchefwendy.com