Was last year’s Christmas Season different from this year? Did you eat your way through the festivities and discover on January 2nd that you gained ten to fifteen pounds? Pigging out at every party might have seemed like a good idea at the time but did you like yourself afterwards? Probably not!
“You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires;” (Ephesians 4:22)
How are you doing on your health plan this holiday season? Are you facing temptations at every turn? Are co-workers bringing in goodies for the break room? Is hubby placing decadent gifts from work on the kitchen counter? Is your favorite holiday treat featured on television commercials every half hour? And even church presents no sanctuary, as members outdo each other displaying their most caloric recipes at the Christmas Fellowship!
How can you honor your bodily temple and still enjoy the holiday festivities? Try to keep in mind what is most important. Realistically however, you are facing two dinners, a church potluck, a Christmas party and perhaps a New Year’s Celebration – that’s a lot!!!
It’s not easy but believe it or not, one can enjoy holiday festivities while maintaining a health plan. Recognize that the upcoming weeks are but a blurb on the timeline of one’s life. Here are some general tips to assist you as you face these challenges:
First, don’t arrive famished or you’ll lose control.
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)
Check out the food table and choose healthy selections: shrimp cocktail, hummus with pita chips, fruit trays, crab or smoked salmon, grilled vegetables or a small veggie wrap are better choices than fatty dips and chips. Even two party meatballs are better choices than the cheese trays.
Envision how you look as you eat. (Uncle Ralph talks with his mouth full – that’s disgusting!) Nibble and chew your food slowly like a proper guest! As you know, it takes twenty minutes for your brain to realize you’re full. If you’re still hungry after that, you’re eating too quickly or perhaps due to unconscious behavior. Recommendation: Keep your back to the food table and your hands occupied to avoid binging!
Don’t we hate that awkward feeling of not knowing what to do with our hands? So what do we do? We normally carry a drink in our hands. Try a glass of club soda with a slice of lemon, lime. or orange. Or choose carbonated water with a little fruit juice in a wine glass and no one will comment on why you aren’t drinking. Remember alcoholic drinks are extremely caloric at 7 calories per gram (that’s about a 1/4 teaspoon.) That sure adds up! Also, physiologically speaking, the body burns the alcohol before the fat, carbohydrates and protein, so you’ll probably gain weight.
Utilize more visualization skills. Example: Ladies, are you looking forward to wearing a special outfit this season? Perhaps a little black dress that makes you feel like a million bucks? Imagine how fantastic you’ll feel walking into that room and knowing you exhibit your best self! Can any amount of cheese and sausage ring replace that feeling? No! Don’t allow food to become your god and avoid waking up with a food hangover, you’re better than that! A party lasts a few hours, fat can last forever!
Food should never be your god!
“Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things,” (Philippians 3:19)
Remember the Real Reason for the Christmas Season! Honor God!