The holidays are always a tricky time of year when it comes to food. We want to be healthy and “eat right” and we also want to eat lots of pie. We’re torn between our “I should stay away from sugar” self and our “Just give me the cookies and fudge” self. The back and forth is exhausting and after a while we just say “f*ck it” and eat whatever’s in front of us.
Meet Jamie Greenwood, coach and creator of Just F*cking Eat It, an online course that teaches you how to stop second-guessing your food and start trusting your body.
The moment when we give up and eat everything on the buffet table is what Jamie calls “a case of the f*ck its.”
So how can we avoid losing our minds and eating everything in sight while also not getting crazy restrictive, which we know, only makes us want cookies more?
Here are Jamie’s top 4 tools that will help you Just F*cking Eat It and enjoy the holidays with ease.
1) YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER YOU WANT, WHENEVER YOU REALLY WANT IT: The key is having that pie when your body asks for it. Say yes to pie when you want it from that place of pure joy, when it’s the only thing in the world that you can imagine eating, RATHER than stuffing your face with something sweet because your mother said something hurtful or because your in-laws have again asked why you aren’t starting a family.
2) CHOOSE YOUR WELLNESS: Both cookies and kale fall under wellness in my book. Wellness is that THING that makes you feel best both in the moment and after. I’m sure there have been times when all you wanted was ice cream but you ate kale instead because it was the more “responsible” choice. How did you feel after? Proud yet unsatisfied? Antsy and looking for something else? When we can let go of black and white thinking around our wellness (kale is good, ice cream is bad), we open ourselves to the possibility that everything is wellness and our best choice simply depends on where we’re at in that particular moment.
3) DITCH THE GUILT: There are countless studies to tell you sugar’s bad. And as health conscious people we want to live as long as possible, which naturally leads us to feel GUILTY every time we eat a “bad” food. And yet we also have stories of grandparents living until 93 while enjoying daily danishes and cups of coffee with cream. The moral of the story? When your body says YES to dessert, enjoy it without the guilt. When your body says no to dessert, honor that without tripping on, “But the holidays only happen once a year so I should eat it NOW.” Nothing sucks the joy out of food quicker than guilt. And nothing feels worse than eating something you really didn’t want. Choose your wellness, whatever it may be, and own it, guilt-free.
4) TRUST YOUR BODY: Trusting your body means checking in with what’s most real from that nugget of knowing perched in your gut. Your body knows when she requires pie. She also knows when she requires tenderness and compassion. This is not about supreme willpower. If your body wants cake, eat cake. However in tapping into what it feels like to eat cake and have it sit in your tummy, make sure you wait to hear that yes from your body and trust her signals.
Here’s the deal: Saying yes to yourself and to what your body wants is no small thing so be gentle in this grand experiment. See if you can choose your wellness from what your body wants rather than letting old stories, fear of weight gain, fear of missing out and food rules hijack the situation.
Let go of guilt. Trust yourself and this holiday season, just f*cking eat it.
Jamie Greenwood wants to live in a world where truth is spoken, bodies are trusted, and dancing is a daily ritual.
For the last 7 years Jamie has helped women address their big WHY: Why do we believe our worth is based on how “healthy” we are, the size of our thighs, the kale or cookies we eat, the miles we run or how “productive” we are today? Jamie’s unique approach allows women to uncover and heal their WHY, creating a sense of peace and giving voice to the deeper truth that’s been living in their bodies all along. As an expert in women’s relationships to their bodies, she’s been featured on MindBodyGreen, The Huffington Post, and Martha Stewart Radio. When she’s not writing, speaking or coaching, you can find her cooking, listening to salsa, laughing hard and shaking it all out in her living room.
Join our upcoming #JustEffingEatIt Twitter Party on November 6:
Are you worried about going crazy on grandma's holiday cookies and fudge? Are you nervous that your food rules (no eating after 8 pm and no sugar during the week) will be impossible to stick to come holiday gatherings?
If so, join Tara Dellolacono Thies, our in-house nutrition strategist and Jamie for a Twitter chat focused on how to avoid the yearly holiday food anxiety.
During this chat you'll learn:
- How rigid eating plans and food rules actually make you want 7 cookies rather than just one
- How to eat without guilt no matter what you choose to put in your mouth
- How to prevent a case of the "f*ck-its" that leads you to eat everything at the holiday buffet table
- And how to trust yourself and your body to approach any food situation with ease
Don't miss this opportunity to ask Jamie and Tara all of your holiday eating questions. You can eat whatever you want without guilt or going crazy. You just need to know how. Join us for the #justeffingeatit Twitter party on Thursday, November 6 from 12pm-1pm PST (we'll have a very special prize up for grabs too!).