You’ve just gotten the best news, a promotion, its Christmas, your friends are all getting together after being too busy to hang out for weeks. You, or which ever of your friends is the planner of the group, decides on a theme. Wine down Wednesday, or meeting at your collective favorite Italian place (probably the Olive Garden, AmIRite??). Your whole family gathers around Grandma’s dining room table and you all stuff yourself silly on home cooked fried okra and mashed potatoes with two sticks of butter. This is just life! We all gather and celebrate and mourn and gossip and catch up… over food. Copious amounts of food!
You’re sad? Drown your sorrows in ice cream (guilty). You’re happy? Go out to a posh dinner to celebrate! Easter Sunday? Well you’d better be prepared for a massive brunch! Most of the time, these food celebrations or pity parties include alcohol, too. All the carbs and sugar for all the people!
Sounds about normal, right? I’m super guilty of this mentality. No matter the occasion, I can find a way to fit food into the equation. If I’m celebrating, I deserve that sugary fat bomb. If I’m sad, well, I deserve a double serving of that fatty fat sugar trap. Together with my besties for the first time in a while? Double down on the drinks AND add dessert.
You guys, this is not healthy. This is not loving our bodies and our minds the way we need to. So today, I am going to share a few ways that you can celebrate togetherness and success without shoving your face full of crap food and booze (which will be really hard in the beginning, but it will get easier!).
Ways to celebrate or drown your sorrows without food
- Take a Hike. No kidding. This one is my favorite. You are out in the wilderness (hopefully). You have your water, your bestie or your soul mate, and you’re focused 100% on each other. The conversations can run deep, everything around you is beautiful, and you should put your cell phone away so you don’t have any distractions. Get clarity out there. The time spent in nature with the ones you love most will be way better (and more memorable) than those margaritas or extra breadsticks.
- Choose a Cause. Getting together with girlfriends? So fun! Skip the stagnant booze brunch and agree on a cause that matters to you as a group, and volunteer together! You’ll get the chance to spend time together and visit, as well as help others! Double win!
- Get Crafty. Choose a project you’ve wanted to tackle and get started! You can take turns with your pals, too. My friend Michelle has had the great idea that we rotate months for projects that we’re passionate about or need to get done around our houses. January was supposed to be my month but I couldn’t make it happen. Actually, we were all terrible at this during the first quarter. July will be my month again and I want help sanding and painting my kitchen cabinets!
- Bubble Bath. Instead of being sad into a tub of ice cream, draw yourself a nice bubble bath. Use the fancy epsom salts and essential oil blend you’ve been hanging on to, grab a new book or download a new audio book (check out my favorite books here if you need something new to read!). Sometimes I get super comfy and use my macbook to watch netflix while I’m in the tub. No shame in my bubble bath game! Light some candles and use the precious alone time to meditate and figure out your next step. Bubble baths are sugar free! 🙂
- Lift Heavy Weights. No matter what you’re trying to sort out emotionally, this is one of the best ways to do it! Hit the gym with friends, or by yourself, and push your body to the limit. The endorphins are so worth it, and the strength you’ll gain is, too. Oh, don’t forget that incredible confidence that comes with feeling strong!
There you have it, a few of my favorite ways to take the emotional part out of eating, and the over indulgent part out of celebrating (or sulking). What do you enjoy doing to celebrate or gather together?
For more ideas on staying healthy, check out this post!