Happy Holidays!!!! The holidays are here, a time for festivities, family, relaxation! We reflect on what we have worked for all year-long and enjoy that! We also set our new goals for the coming year and decide what direction our health, our diet, and our exercise patters will take!
Often times with the holiday’s many people overeat, and end up getting sick. Some of us get so sick that we don’t even enjoy the things we want to enjoy because we are drawn into another world of food, its power, and what it does to us.
Food can control us, and there are a number of reasons for this. Maybe you are not getting enough nutrition in your diet and your body is searching for more “food”, not more calories, which can be found in a piece of chocolate cake, but more nutrition!
Vegetables should be organic when possible, organic processors care more about their products, and tend more to the soil their vegetables are growing in, producing more nutrient dense food! Grass fed animals also produce meat that is more nutrient dense, rather than fat rich!
Raw dairy from a farmer will have much the same fat, but in a form that is usable by the body! How many animals other than humans will stop at a stove and cook their milk or other food before they eat or drink it?
Fruit is healthy, when eaten in combination with good sources of fat and protein, too much of even the healthiest fruit alone can be more of a sugar rush than anything else.
At the table this holiday season it might be tempting to eat all that is offered, and some of us like to eat a lot of whatever it is that has become a favorite. We are told how bad all of the high fat foods are, how those foods will make us unhealthy! A few days of eating high fat food is not the worst thing, hopefully you follow a healthy diet most of the time, and incorporate an exercise program!
Eating fat does not make us fat, if you eat high fat and high protein foods, and you stay in tune with your body and try not to overeat, your body will tell you when you have had enough. Sweet foods and sugar is a different story. Sugar does not satiate us, it causes us to want more sugar. It also robs needed protein and fat from other foods that we’ve eaten, so we end up eating more protein and fat than we need because our bodies tell us to do so.
If possible a few days prior to the holidays try to decrease your calorie intake or follow a raw food diet, in preparation for the days ahead. You can also follow some sort of healthier diet after the holidays to recuperate from anything that set you back.
In the end do enjoy the holiday meals in a way that you don’t feel like you’re restricting yourself. If you choose not to change your healthy diet at all during the course of the holiday season that’s great, only do so if you are completely comfortable and accepting of the diet that you follow. Dietary changes that we make are for the long-term, and we shouldn’t feel any regret about following the diets that we follow. Better that it takes more time to get our dietary perspectives where they should be, and when those changes are made they are permanent changes. Happy Holidays!