The most joyous holiday of the year is just around the corner, and as it draws near, many of us are beginning to get excited about the family festivities, holiday decorations, heart-warming movies and of course, the comforting food.
Food is undeniably one of the most important aspects of Christmas and our everyday lives.. It holds dear to all of us as it brings so many friends, families, and new individuals together. Many beautiful memories are created around the many meals that we have enjoyed, and are to enjoy within our lifetime.
As we enter the holiday season, here are a few reasons as to why you should feel free to embrace your Christmas cravings, rather than warding them away:
It is not only the most wonderful time of the year, but the most stress-free
…Well, for most! We know that how our gut works is very much influenced by how we feel. When we are stressed, our body goes into a fight or flight mode and slows down some of the digestive process. If you do tend to struggle with stress during this period, focus on meditative practices that can help anchor you back into the present moment, and calm your mind of any worrisome thoughts. You hold more power than you may know in controlling your thought processes.
Food is fuel, and more.
This is a commonly used statement on social media, and whilst this is correct, food goes beyond that.
Food most definitely provides us with energy, but don’t forget it is also a source of enjoyment and pleasure. Culture, lifestyle, and the way communities form and develop have been shaped by food since the beginning of time; therefore, finding pleasure and connection in food should be seen as an opportunity for celebration rather than solely as being seen as a source of energy.
Changes in routine can shape our food habits
Not only is the temperature getting drastically lower; days are getting shorter and our routines may be changing too. Unlike any other year, these changes are a result of the sudden difficulties that we are experiencing both within the UK and around the world, as we undergo these uncertain circumstances.
Kurami’s nutritionist Georgine Leung, states that “The reasons why people find themselves eating different foods might depend on the foods available, and other environmental and social drivers. Contrary to conventional belief, there is actually very little evidence to demonstrate that there are clear changes in our appetite along with seasonal variations. Our body temperature also fluctuates within a very small window to make sure our body functions work normally. However, a condition called ‘seasonal affective disorder’ that leads to bouts of depression can happen with seasonal changes which might affect what we eat. This is different to ‘winter blues’ and should be properly managed”.
Many of us are experiencing changes in life, all at once.Therefore, it is important to stay mindful of our emotions and become conscious of our food choices. If we find ourselves experiencing cravings for certain foods, it might be useful to take a moment to understand what the reasons are behind these. Remember, there are no good or bad foods, but planning ahead goes a long way.
Read about our nutritionist-approved ingredients swaps that you can make to your favourite comforting dishes here.
At Kurami, we strongly believe that balance is all-important. This can guide us in making more positive decisions around food, as well as negating any worrisome discourse around it. Christmas is a time of celebration and you should enjoy it with a balanced mindset, and free yourself from any of the infamous holiday guilt you may be experiencing.
Let this Holiday season be a loving, positive, and nourishing one. Let us pamper you this Christmas with our nutritionist-approved and chef crafted meal paths. We have carefully crafted a delicious Christmas dinner for you and your loved ones. Click here to order today.