As the most wonderful time of the year quickly approaches, seemingly much sooner every year, our healthy and bountiful appetites follow right along. The smell of fresh baked pies, well fresh anything pretty much entices us, stares at us and screams, “eat me!!” And every year, whether I, or you, have been actively watching your figure, or lack there of, I ask myself, “what better way is there to feed my soul than through a plate of leftovers, right?” Well at least I have been under this misconstrued assumption for the past 28 years, ok lets say 26 years of being able to indulge in solid foods.
My point is not to deter you or myself from escaping this inevitable feast of all feasts no matter what culture you partake in. My point is to ask you and myself why? Pretty simple question. Why must I gorge my face with all these delectable delights and not be able to enjoy the satisfaction of just one helping, serving, plate, etc. I think its almost scary to think about limiting holiday consumption, at least that’s the first thing that pops into my mind. Because whether I have been actively working out all year long, which we pretty much all know I have not, who cares if I pack on another 5 pounds because Christmas is right around the corner too and how will a few more pounds really matter because come Janurary 1, all the overeating, snacking and binge eating comes to a complete halt anyways. Our mindset shifts into reset mode and we try beginning this cycle all over again for about the first 2 weeks of the year, maybe again around your birthday and possibly a few other “special dates” set around the year.
Ok ok my other point of this post is to just throw this out there, do with it what you want, but just manifesting and spreading the thoughts of simple satisfactions in the form of food. Basically, I’ve already asked my mom to make all her normal dishes, side dishes, desserts and then some and I’m not going to change that. What I am attempting to change is the way I look at my meals as a whole, not just around the holidays in particular either. I want to gravitate towards using food as fuel and nourishment, its actual intention, rather than savagely feasting on every and anything placed in front of me. I might even go as far as looking up altered (healthy) recipes of some of my favorite fixings and perhaps print them out accidentally leaving them on my mom’s grocery list. I said perhaps but no promises have been specifically stated here. I know its all about portion control, your mindset and the ability to control every ounce of your body to NOT eat that third helping of the herbed giblet stuffing, but lets face it, I’m no where near that point yet.
I have a problem and its called food. I’m admitting I have an addiction to flavorful food. I will overcome this, not today, not tomorrow, and certainly not next week whilst helping myself to turkey traditions. My goal is to slowly but surely add a bountiful of healthy without sacrificing flavor. Game on and good luck to us all!
**Note: I will still write a few posts about delicious and unhealthy foods which I have consumed most recently. The goal from now on though is to order and or try to create meals that as a whole are healthy and delicious but most importantly, still packed with flavor, not calories.