“Eat with pleasure not with guilt.”
It is my pleasure to announce that it does no good to stress about overeating during the holidays. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we are all doing it. In fact you should embrace the fact that we are eating what we like. Be thankful that we have the resources to eat what we want. There are many of us that do not have that luxury. Ask yourself, “What kind of monster says no to Grandma’s Cookies?”. Your answer should be, “A foolish one.”. Eat those cookies,
I am sure they are delicious and worth the possibility that you will gain a little winter weight.
Let’s attack this from a scientific standpoint. No matter how cold it is your body must run at about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That means when it is colder outside your body has to work harder, i.e. burn more calories to keep your body around that magical 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit number. So you see it is extremely hard to say no to that cookie, even harder than it usually is and not worth the pain if you ask me. Your body not only wants those extra calories, it needs them.
Added calories isn’t the only thing that makes us put on weight. The addition of stress also causes us to pack on the pounds due to the effect that cortisol has on the body. When we are stressed for reasons none other than how much we weigh, how much work we have to do and wondering whether we’ve had too much food over the holidays or not has a negative impact on us and others around us for that matter. Nobody enjoys being stressed out or being around someone who is stressed. So don’t stress!
So my advice - eat consciously, eat confidently and eat with a plan to attack the new year with a new discipline. Eat as much food as you want and be aware of the fact that you are doing because you have a plan to crush it in the new year. There is no sense in fighting a battle we are all losing anyway. We are all eating Grandma’s Cookies. And guess what, in a week those cookies won’t be there anymore. Grandma doesn’t make cookies all year and there sure isn’t a Holiday Party every Wednesday - Saturday in January to tempt your tummy. Enjoy it while it lasts, it only comes around every 12 months and your body knows how good those cookies are. Don’t worry, be happy, be present with your presents. They are all gifts. Especially the food. Eat with joy in your heart and leave the guilt and stress on the table.
The new year is coming. 2023. You have plenty of time to attack your new goals, new discipline and new you. Be 100% yourself with your family and friends now. Commit to training with Kato after the Holiday Season is over.
“Happiness will never come to those who do not appreciate what they already have.”
PS: “It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s Day that gets you. It’s what you eat between New Year’s Day and Christmas that’s got you.”
...My Mother In Law