Christmas Survival Booklet

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Christmas Survival Booklet

At CrossFit Movida we often say that your food and fitness strategies should be designed for your most hectic days — not just the easy, or perfect ones.

When people come into fitness they carry their own ideas about what food means. For them food can be:

  • fuel,

  • reward,

  • punishment,

  • escape,

  • shame,

  • freedom,

  • a way to check in with others,

  • a way to check out from themselves,

  • and more.

Food is a story that shapes your daily life, your health, and your function.

Food is also JUST information.

When food is information, there is no “good” or “bad” food. There are only choices. You see, every time you choose to eat one thing over another, you’re voting for what’s really important to you right now. Sure, few of us ever realize that’s what we’re doing.

But every decision is a calculation. It expresses what really matters to you in that particular, that unique, moment.

  • Choices weigh pros and cons.

  • Choices express what’s important to us.

  • Choices have consequences, which we choose to accept.

So, with the holidays here for most of us, I’m wondering:

What matters to you right now?

Is it…

  • feeling good?

  • connecting with loved ones?

  • truly nourishing your body?

  • feeding your soul?

  • remembering your heritage or family traditions?

  • taking the edge off a tough round of holiday shopping?

  • surviving a zany family get-together?

No judgement here. You get to decide your priorities. And sometimes other things should win out over “nutrition”.

  • trying new things.

  • expanding your “database” of life experiences.

  • unadulterated, un-guilty, un-morally-filtered, straight-up joy and pleasure.

  • the first bite of real shortbread, sharp on the tongue.

  • the first sip of your favorite drink.

  • the first whiff of a holiday dinner cooking in the oven.

  • the first taste of food after a day of religious fasting.

(Perhaps even the first moments you have as a parent after your hysterical kids have finally conked out and you can lie on the couch, thinking happily about eating the cookies they left out for Santa).

Keeping the holidays real.

I just want you to know that I’m not here to tell you what to do, think, or feel. (We are not here to make you feel guilty, ashamed, anxious, or deprived.) Instead, we’re here to help you think through the questions. To help you choose more consciously, with awareness and intention.

And to help you keep it real.
Because holiday foods taste great when made with love and shared with friends and family. They just do.

So my first suggestion is…

Enjoy some real cookies this holiday season. Or some other thing you enjoy but think is “off limits”.

Just do it consciously. Mindfully. Joyfully. And — as we teach in our nutrition program— slowly.
Instead of scarfing it down furtively and waiting for the guilt, savor it. Taste the layers of flavor and try to extract every last one of them.

Stay present and checked in. Choose with purpose. Then move on. Because, with the right approach:

You can enjoy food, connect with others, and be healthy and fit. All at the same time.

Along with:

  • choosing with purpose;

  • slowing down and taking a moment to really savor and enjoy;

  • looking for moments of true joy rather than getting distracted by guilt,anxiety, or regret.

But it’s not always easy.

Even if you’re not ready to embrace this mindset because restricting is your only way to feel in control.

Even if you can’t believe that enjoying certain foods guilt-free is possible.

Even if you feel stuck in the middle of a nasty cycle of restrict, collapse, shame, repeat.

Even if you’re poking your belly angrily as you read this right now, thinking about the crappy cholesterol test results you just got and muttering, “Yeah right Bella, that’s easy for you to say, because you’re a Fitness Gal, and I can’t even get to the gym twice a week with my crazy schedule / knee injury / kids.”

It’s okay.

Because, around here, we’re 100 percent sure that connection, love, and enjoyment can exist while working toward better health. And maybe, somewhere along the way, we can help you discover the same thing.

What to do next

1. Think about what brings you joy over the holidays.

What really fills your tank? What rejuvenates and renews you? See if you can do more of that. It doesn’t have to revolve around food or eating. But it could.

2. Think about the choices you make, and how you make them.

Remember, it’s not about making the “right” choice like a Good Fitness Person. It’s about making a choice that’s right for you, right now, and being aware of how you got to that decision.

3. Savor the moments.

Whatever you choose to eat, drink, or do during the holidays: Take the time to “check in”, pay attention, and be present with those things. Make ‘em count.

4. Reach out.

Strong relationships are an important part of good health. Connect with friends, family, and whoever else you consider your “tribe”, wherever you find them.

5. Try and get active when and where you can

We will be open during the holiday season, if it works with your family and holiday planning, get into the gym and have some fun with your Movida Fam. We will be doing fun workouts just to move and sweat!

6. Being conscious of eating on the go.

The end of the year has most people bouncing from supermarket to the plaza to party to people’s places!

When you’re on the go, it can feel like navigating a nutritional minefield:

Hunger signals overpowering, junk food everywhere, little time to sit down, holiday feeling making you choose holiday food! SO be mindful. Be conscious. When its time to eat, STOP and think, what DO I actually feel like?

Notice what’s going on around you and make a conscious decision to go and find what you actually feel like eating. Take that control back- you are in control of what goes in your mouth, the environment is just a distraction! Yes it can be challenging at times, but it will help you hold that power in the holiday season.

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