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Thursday, 22 December 2016

A Guilt-Free & Body Loving Christmas

Repeat after me, I love my body.

It's taken me a long time to say those words and actually mean them, to look in the mirror and be happy with what I see and to feel comfortable in my own skin. I'm a big believer in self love and guilt-free living and really wanted to share that with you all as I know Christmas or Winter in general is a time of year many people feel especially self conscious, experience food guilt or generally feel quite low about themselves, but that shouldn't be the case. Christmas is the most magical time of the year and should be filled me love, laugher, food, family, friends and enjoyment, not feelings of self-loathing or pressure.

Loving your body is so important, but trust me when I say I know how difficult it is. I love my body and all it's capable of now but rewind a couple of years ago and this was far from the case; I couldn't look in the mirror without crying, I'd cover my body from the neck down, I felt ashamed of the way I looked, I felt was too self conscious to leave the house and I longed to be somebody else. All of these thoughts and feelings were completely toxic, life destroying and looking back, irrational.
It's taken me a long time to learn to love the body I have and it's definitely been a struggle, but I've accepted I'll never have slim thighs, I'll always have a few stretch marks, my boobs won't ever be big,  I'll never be naturally super bronzed and some dresses just look horrendous on me. But you know what? That's okay because nobody is perfect! Don't get me wrong, I still have days where I feel a self conscious or I can't find an outfit that looks good but generally I'm happy with the skin I'm in and I don't let my insecurities become a big deal because life is too precious!

I love my body and treat it the way it deserves with nourishing, healthy food and good workouts but I've also learnt that not restricting yourself and allowing time to rest is just as important. I eat kale but I also eat chocolate, I love sweet potato's but I also love ice-cream, I exercise but I also have rest days and without that balance I wouldn't be a happy, healthy person. Would I be slimmer if I didn't eat nut butter every day, indulge in a little ice-cream now and again or sometimes go a whole week without doing cardio? Yes, probably but would I be happy? No, I wouldn't. Would it be worth it? Hell no - life is to be lived, not restricted!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year so don't waste this time by counting calories, sticking strictly to your macros, hitting the gym 6 days a week and prioritising the wrong things. Eat that mince pie, drink that mulled wine, skip the gym to see your girl friends, eat the chocolates from the selection box, have a lazy day watching Christmas films and don't feel the tiniest bit guilty because of it. Make sure you have a balanced approach to this time of year, so get those greens in as well as that chocolate, don't completely cut out exercise but don't push yourself every single day in the gym and please don't tell yourself you can't have treats because they're 'too high in calories'.

Although sometimes it's hard to, especially around this time of year, repeat these words after me -
I love my body.

Live Happy, Live Healthy


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