Drop the diet – it’s the holidays!

It’s true. It’s a jolly, merry, robust time to indulge in sweets, treats, gravy-covered mashed potatoes and ham. Oh, and fudge, truffles, peanut brittle, divinity (oooooo, yummy melt-in-your-mouth egg whites and sugar) and Pfeffernüsse cookies (my German heritage peeking out). Then, egg nog, hot cocoa with those itty bitty marshmallows that send us tail-spinning to our childhood, warm and fuzzy memories of tinsel-clad trees, big, fat colored lights on the tree hovering over pounds of presents. And Mama had a hot toddy, too, made with apple juice and cinnamon.

NOT! OK, let’s think about this. If we do all this, we’ll end up with the usual 7-10 pound weight gain many achieve from Halloween to New Year’s Day. Let that not be you this year.

I hate that ‘drop the diet’ part because I don’t believe in diets. Well, not those achieving grandeur status at Amazon. The word “diet” comes of the Latin “deit” meaning “god (good).” That’s not how you look at it, though, is it? Hum, no, I didn’t think so.

Diet, to me, is what it takes from food and drink for you to achieve the things you need and like to do in a day, with energy and stamina and vim and vigor. Some foods do this better than others – that doesn’t mean there are bad (or good) foods per se or forbidden foods, but instead, those that promote wellness, aliveness, and are life-affirming and life-enhancing. And, those that don’t. Think forbidden = more tempting. Remove the restrictions = less exciting.

Comes down to choice. Love this life that is encompassed in freewill and choice. Instead of feeling deprived because you choose to limit those items of usual remorse (note, I said LIMIT, not AVOID), feel enlivened from those you place in priority status.

This season is one of rush, madness, overindulgence, spending, drinking libations, the list could go on. You get it. Treat your body to pleasurable foods that nourish, sustain, and warm you during this time of high-stress holiday glitz. Eat what your body wants. If you get quiet, in this time of darkness before the winter solstice, you’ll hear, honestly, what your body needs and wants.

Reach more for:

Whole grains (quinoa, rice, oatmeal, wheat bread, brown rice), fruits (apples, oranges, pears, dried plums), vegetables (cooked leafy greens, winter squash, carrot soup, parsnips and potatoes), and legumes (pinto, black beans, white beans, chili, curry), and juices (homemade), green and herbal teas.

Less is more for:

Meats, creamed dishes, casseroles, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, cakes and pies, candies, sugar-sweetened beverages, coffee, and black tea.

’tis the season to be…………..healthy, happy, energetic and sprouting with life!

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