Dealing with Holiday Madness

Mari tells us how to look and feel good during the holiday season

‘Tis the season my friends. With Thanksgiving right behind us (for all the Americans and the friends they initiated to Thanksgiving) and Hanukah and Christmas right around the bend, food-gorging season is in full swing. If you are gluten intolerant and a conscientious objector to not eating bread like me, it means that you are about to feel moment of pure joy and excruciating pain. More broadly however, it announces the time where we all pop open the pants or skirt buttons and tell everyone (or just ourselves) that after New Year’s Eve we are only eating vegetables and shakes made out of fruits whose pronunciation we are unsure of (it’s Asssaeee, not AKai). 

While we bask in food-induced bliss and joy to be with our family and friends, the fact that we often gain a lot of weight during the holidays never fails to surface in post-food coma conversations with phrases such as “oh my god, I think I just put on two pounds”, “look at my food baby”, “I am never eating again”. And while we often say these things jokingly, the underlying feeling is that of bemused alarm at just how much we just swallowed (and for me, if you’ve followed, intense pain from eating bread stuffing or mince pies). But when we put on our pants or favourite shirt over the holidays and it does not fit as easily as before, it can turn into not-so bemused alarm. Most people do not pay much mind to it, but sometimes it can add up onto insecurities about appearance and make it a sore spot. So, since this is the fashion section, here are a few (highly subjective) tips to stay in the right headspace over the holidays and not bend your mind in four over trifles such as clothing fit at such a wonderful time of year.  

  1. Remember that you are a beautiful human being no matter what (cheesy but true) and that the most important part of the holidays is to be with people you love and that these people do not care about what you wear 
  2. If your jeans have trouble closing, don’t just stay and mule over it, go for a walk, go Christmas shopping, get out and do something active that’ll make you feel good about yourself. 
  3. Be creative! Experiment with new designs, new layerings. 
  4. Stereotypically, relatives make inappropriate comments about your appearance over the holidays. While most real relatives are lovely people, stereotypes hold some truth. So, if your aunt (let’s call her Jan) makes a dumb remark, remember that 1) she probably had nothing else to say and 2) you do not see her often. 
  5. Eat whatever makes you feel good, listen to your body. While holidays are time of compulsive over-eating, make sure you balance what you really want to eat with what your body needs. If you feel good about what you ate, it will be harder to be upset about gaining a few pounds over the holidays. 


In closing, be good to yourself! We all need indulgence in our lives, and not having Cindy Crawford’s metabolism does not make us any less of a great person. Enjoy the holidays, laugh at and with your family and be as shining, smiling and brilliant as you can be!



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