Festivities, Food and Fear – How To Avoid Food Anxiety Over The Holiday Season 

December 16, 2021


The holiday season is a time to relax and celebrate, but for some, the thought of overindulging on alcohol and unhealthy foods can be highly stressful and anxiety inducing. Australian wellness brand, Happy Healthy You, says you can have a naughty and nice celebration without the guilt. 

Happy Healthy You’s in-house food expert and nutritionist, Rachel Enright (B.H.Sc. Nut Med), said trying to maintain a strict diet during the holidays can be more damaging than the actual foods and drinks. She shares her top four ways to have a guilt-free holiday celebration.  

  1. Set realistic goals 

“Always try and be realistic when setting your health goals, especially over the holiday period,” said Rachel. 

“It can be tempting to start a new program or detox in preparation for the holidays, but with so many events and personal commitments, it’s easy to fall off track and that can often damage your confidence.

“Instead, try re-programming your thoughts to being positive and indulge more in self-care.  Minimising negative self-talk can reduce stress and emotional eating, which can help with maintaining healthy weight goals.”   

  1. Find healthy holiday treats you love and share with others 

“Part of the joy of Christmas celebrations is sharing food with your loved ones,” Rachel said. 

“Don’t be afraid to offer to bring a plate to help you adhere to your own food choices. You can also do the same with alcohol by offering to take some kombucha, alcohol-free wine or beer, or flavoured mineral water.” 

  1. Balance is key 

“Try to stick to the 75/25 rule, 75 per cent healthy food choices and 25 per cent stress-free eating. My biggest tip is to have something healthy to eat before any event. Try using a small plate to become more aware of portions.” 

  1. Control what you can and forget about what you can’t 

“Spontaneous fun is healthier than unrealistic goals but balance this with self-care by ensuring you move daily, stay hydrated and get your eight hours of rest to help balance out the negative impacts of unhealthy foods and alcohol.”

For more information on Happy Healthy You or to book a consultation with the team or Rachel, visit the website: https://happyhealthyyou.com.au/