"Stay fit this holiday season"
"Don't gain an ounce this Christmas"
"Beat the holiday gain"
Etc. Etc. Etc.
|A quick Google search yielded endless articles on healthy eating, avoiding holiday weight gain, etc.|
Well I'm here to tell you that I couldn't give a rat's behind about this challenge. You see, I LOVE holiday indulgences. I live for them. Mom's coffee cake that's 90% sugar and butter? I'll take a second slice. The bread bowl at our annual Christmas dinner? Why yes, that sounds delicious. A giant piece of chocolate cake after dinner? Yes, please. Ooh, those peppermint Oreos look yummy! *adds them to shopping cart*
For most of the calendar year, I stay diligent with healthy eating. I am conscious of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, focusing on low-fat dairy, and doing dessert in moderation. I look at the holidays as a 10% deal. In other words, 10% of the year, amazing treats are offered. When I go to a party, people are putting out their best dishes. I want to enjoy them! And no, I don't want to eat a giant lettuce salad before a Christmas party. I want to gorge myself on buffalo chicken dip and ham biscuits and cookies and Christmas punch. In the morning, I'll go workout and drink some water and eat some Greek yogurt. But at that party, I'm going to enjoy myself!
As someone who loves food, I love holiday food even more so I let myself enjoy it. I stay active throughout the holidays and balance our other meals so it's not a complete festival of slovenly pig-like behavior but it's not my major stress at the holidays. But quite simply, not gaining an ounce from Thanksgiving to New Years isn't my number one priority. My priority is connecting with friends and family,and finding joy throughout this season.
What are your feelings about "healthy" holidays? Love it? Hate it? Wanna join me in my buffalo chicken dip obsession? Come on by tonight, I'll be serving it at our Christmas party...but yea I kind of lightened it up a bit with Greek yogurt...