There is excitement in the air during the holidays. It’s a time for celebrating our faith and to be with family and friends. It is a festive time that includes baking cookies, going to parties, and–overindulgence.
I don’t mean to put a damper on the holidays. But truth be told: it’s also a time of storing calories in the wrong places! Too many cookies and cakes, dips and chips, candy and brandy, and whatever else is put in front of us–and who can resist?! It’s grazing and–gaining.
Then, after the first of the year, when all has settled down, we’ll look at ourselves: and many of us will be frustrated and unhappy. Losing the weight gained over the holidays will move to the top of our list of New Year’s resolutions – again.
This year, why not do something different? The psychologists call it Mindful Eating. It’s really just paying attention to what we eat. Enjoy all the celebrations, but exhibit some self-control and limit what you eat. Drinking three or four glasses of soda can be 500-600 calories. Eating just one ounce of a chocolate peanut cluster candy (who can do that!) is 175 calories, yet we don’t even give it a thought. A donut averages about 240 calories and takes close to an hour to walk off. Is it really worth it? We get instant pleasure from eating the holiday treats, but the pleasure is gone as quickly as it started. Yet the calories stay. The second and third cookie never tastes as good as the first cookie. So why not settle for eating just one and enjoy it.
By being a bit more mindful of what we eat, we can enjoy the celebrations and be merry without having to deal with the consequences after the first of the year.