As we approach the holidays, I think back to all the Christmases past. The holiday season has always been one of my favorite times of year, but it also used to mean FOOD, FOOD, and more FOOD!
Food in my family has always been at the center of every holiday, every gathering, every get together. It’s how we communicate love. And I love that. I always have. But it wasn’t until i became an adult, that I realized how much ALL of that food impacted me from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Add in alcohol once I turned 21, and we are talking one bloated, hungover, blah weekend after another.
Holiday candy, dips, pies, cookies, chips, cheesy casseroles, and cookies almost DAILY throughout December. Holiday parties left and right. The celebrating by eating non-stop was seriously out of control. It’s NO WONDER that people gain weight during the holidays! I know I always did, and worse than my clothes being too tight, I FELT CRAPPY! Tired, hung over, blah... I think I used to joke about hibernating in the winter because I FELT like I was eating enough to store it away all winter!
For the past 2 Christmases, I still look forward to and ENJOY the holidays and yes, I EAT! I indulge, treat myself, and enjoy family favorites, I just don’t eat non-stop, mindlessly, and to the point where I literally feel sick. Because it feels terrible…why did I ever do that...tradition?! Well, I still enjoy tradition and celebrating. I go to parties, holiday events, and definitely eat my fair share of cookies, I just pick and choose and eat what I actually enjoy instead of everything in sight. I focus on TALKING to people at our gatherings, playing games, and spending time with those I love. And I try not to sit at the food table all night long…it’s good to work the room sometimes.
You don’t have to eat everything in front of you. You don’t have to eat to please others. And you DON’T have to hibernate for the winter. I promise, you’ll feel better if you don’t. Think about what new family tradition you could start this Christmas…any new dishes? A new fun game that would involve the whole family? What about a limit on the dips?
Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure
Fun fact for you people going into finals week!
Or anyone that wants optimal brain function..
Your brain needs about 130 grams of carbohydrates each day just to function! .
The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board recommends that you don't go below 130 grams of carbohydrates a day because of this. .
Try getting a MINIMUM 130 grams of carbohydrates each day through healthy carbs like whole grains, oats, legumes, fruits, and veggies.