AUTUMN FOOD SHAME
As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, I’ve seen a spate of ‘change of season’ coughs and colds in classes. There’s a general tiredness too.
In my case this makes me want to eat my own bodyweight in chocolate products, dive under a duvet, and not re-emerge until Spring.
The clocks have gone back – a signal for hibernation if ever there was one. Yet this is a time of new terms, more stress at work, back to school traffic and long waits at chilly bus stops and stations.
It’s also a time when we’re bombarded with images, adverts and promotions for sweet Christmas ‘treats’ - giant tins of Quality Street and mince pies are already in the Crouch End Co-op!
Few people like to snack on salads at a time like this. Hell – there are killer clowns out there!
But we can avoid food shame by being aware that this behaviour is natural and moving on. Eat a slice of cake – don’t beat yourself up about it and finish off the rest to dispose of the evidence.
Seasonal Food Tips
· Come to the gym to warm & cheer yourself up.
· Make soups.
· Fill up on squashes, marrows, pumpkins – all complex carbs, full of fibre and vitamins. Make Halloween decorations with the skins.
· Invest in woolly socks.
· Binge on Strictly Come Dancing/ X Factor – just cut out the drinks and nibbles.
Donate unwanted sweeties to food banks and Harvest Festivals