Just a few more days remain in 2012 to enjoy fancy holiday foods. As the year winds down, the focus on food gears up.
The strained, distant rewards of dieting will quickly replace the comforts provided by a generous spread of Christmas treats. Variations of sugarplums are still scattered throughout the house.
Now where is that last stash of candy? With any luck, a few more chocolaty gems will be left in the box. A few homemade cornflake cookies are left in a dented tin on the kitchen table. It is hard to go through the kitchen without getting into something sugary. Maybe the time has come for a rest?
One more bite of dessert, candy or cookie and I am going to burst. Remember the thin mint scene from Monty Python? A man in a fancy restaurant eats and eats until he explodes. Of course that is an over-dramatic representation of eating and a harsh comparison to my Christmas celebration. Or is it? I am very full and quite tired of sugary foods. Even the cute stuff can become ugly after one mouth full too many.
Such is the annual holiday splurge. All merry events seem to involve some kind of food or drink. Every Christmas the same ponderings cloud my vision of festive foods.
- Just how much sugar is enough?
- Why are indulgent, sugary desserts such a big part of the holidays?
- Would Christmas be the same without over-eating several different kinds of cookies?
- Do I fall into this eating trap every year to make starting that New Year’s resolution diet that much easier?
All I do know is that this sugar-induced headache will only disappear when the grazing stops. A turn to perfectly healthy eating is on the not so distant horizon. Fat grams and sugar be gone!
The pursuit of weight loss comes with a harsh price as chilling as a sub-zero, Minnesota January day. It is much easier to eat a cookie, piece of candy or other calorie-laden treat, than abstain in an ongoing effort to drop a few pounds.
Lush healthy salads have stark, purposeful personalities. Lite eating beckons a Zen frame of mind. The end goal is bigger than the individual part. Each bite of each meal is part of a collective effort to eat less and lose more weight.
Of course the diet regime can only start when all the goodies are gone. The best diet starts later rather than sooner.