I sat in my pew at church listening to the sermon which included thoughts on ‘reaping what you sow’. Of course we all know that it is impossible to physically plant tomatoes and harvest carrots; neither can we figuratively plant hate and reap love. Although biblical however, I realized that the practice of sowing could also be linked to other things in our lives.
For example, Christmas is a big deal for me in terms of trying to control not only what I consume but how much of the ham, rich rum cake, sodas, alcohol, etc. I allow myself to enjoy. It’s the same every single holiday season: I go out, I am tempted by the abundance of food, I drink and eat a lot of whatever is offered, I cringe when I get onto the scale in January (in clothing that has seemingly shrunk overnight).
So I’m leaving the milk and cookies for Santa but my concern is about sowing bad eating habits which result in a not so pretty harvest of extra fat on my stomach, hips and thighs.
As I write this post, I acknowledge that the next few weeks are going to be an uphill battle because:
- Most if not all holiday menus are filled to overflowing with calories, fats, artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
- Your hosts tend to be affronted when you dare to refuse the delicacies they worked so hard on preparing for you.
- You are asked to wait patiently until all of the invited guests have arrived (even if it’s two hours later than planned) before being allowed to eat.
I’ve decided to share them with you too … you know … just in case we are all in the same boat together (and because as I read: “Even the most disciplined people struggle with temptation during the holiday season.”).
Excerpt from Top 10 Holiday Diet Tips of all Time
To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds, WebMD consulted diet gurus across the country for their best holiday diet tips. Here are their top 10 recommendations:
- Trim back the trimmings. When it comes to holiday food, accessorize with care.
- Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. When you wear snug-fitting attire, chances are you’ll be too busy holding in your stomach to overeat.
- Chew gum. When you don’t want to eat, pop a piece of sugar-less gum into your mouth.
- Be a food snob. If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long.
- No skipping meals. Always eat normally on the day of a party. Do not skip meals to save up calories.
- Check it out. Survey your food choices on the buffet before diving in.
- Add fun and games. The best parties include dancing after dinner. If you’re the planner why not make it the start of a new tradition?
- Alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories. Try alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages.
- Skip the appetizers. If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa, or a small handful of nuts.
- Limit the variety. Return as many times as you like to the food table, but only take two items on your plate each time.
Holiday parties are much more than food and drinks. They are a time to delight in the traditions of the season, and enjoy the company of family and friends. And if you do splurge, don’t beat yourself up, the experts say. Just get right back to normal eating and exercising, and try to do a better job at the next party.
NB: For a more in-depth explanation on each tip, go here: Top 10 Holiday Diet Tips of all Time
In addition to the tips above, I’m thinking it might be a good idea to include as much exercise as possible … just to burn off those unwanted extra calories.
So here’s to Happy Holidays and to happy sowing as it relates to eating wisely all through the season! Good luck!