Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! … and for “pc” sake Happy Holidays to everyone else! God knows I don’t want to offend anyone by not recognizing they don’t recognize the true reason for this holiday (the birth of Jesus Christ). Yup, it’s true, no one would be doing anything different this week if a little baby boy named Jesus wasn’t born a couple thousand years ago. No presents, no lights, no Santa!
I don’t know about you, but frankly, I have been overloaded with sweets this year. They come at you from every direction…meaningful gift givers, family tradition, holiday parties and celebrations. After a while it just becomes too much. So how does a person enjoy the holidays without over indulging? I wish I had the answer. I too suffer from the attacks by the holiday sweet monster and sometimes I cannot resist and overdo it. So here is the deal from your friendly neighborhood nutritionist: enjoy yourself, don’t berate yourself for having one or two too many…it’s the holidays for goodness sake. If throughout the year you are a pretty healthy eater, and you watch your consumption of sugars and junk, a couple weeks of swimming in too much surely won’t kill you. What??? Yeah, that’s right, I said it. I’m giving you permission to eat junk and enjoy yourself. Know why? Because it makes us feel good inside to enjoy those moments of gooey warm cookies and soft brownies and all those fun and pretty decorated cookies and pies and gingerbread men. It reminds most of us of our childhood and fond holiday times with family and friends. While being a carefree kid and living in a time of not knowing or caring what eating healthy was all about. So there you have it. Simply enjoy the holidays and when it’s all over you can say to yourself, “boy, I really feel good that I didn’t beat myself up about what I ate over the holidays.” Then next week when the New Year pops up and says “here I am,” we can all refocus on getting back to healthier eating, exercise and setting goals for weight loss.
Now I know some of you are shaking your head thinking that I must be crazy for giving this sort of advice…but you know what? Life is short. And yes, there are some folks out there who overindulge all the time…to those folks, well, the holiday sweets are an added burden and they must have some accountability throughout the year, so I cannot make excuses for everyone. But for those who generally eat a good balanced diet, you my friends, may enjoy this time because it is good for the heart, mind and soul, which is also part of being a well-rounded healthy person (what the term holistic is all about).
However, if you are looking for some alternatives to all this dessert craziness, there are mountains of recipes online you can check out and try. Gluten free of course is a huge attraction these days. For some it is imperative for others it is not, but it is a better option for everyone regardless. Avoid packaged items that claim to be sugar free and read all labels. If it has aspartame or any other artificial sweeteners, do not eat it unless cancer, migraines and other debilitating illnesses are appealing to you. Avoid items with colorings unless they are natural colorings. Artificial colorings are very toxic. For those with children, it is not a good idea to let them eat artificial sweeteners or artificial colorings ever. When baking at home you can use substitutes for sugar and shortening and try to always buy organic ingredients to avoid GMO (genetically modified organisms).
May you all have sweet dreams with sugar plums dancing in your heads tonight. Ho. Ho. Ho. And Happy Birthday to Jesus!
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