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31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 6

Monday, December 06, 2010

Today's Tip: Focus on the People

Spark says to take the focus away from food at holiday gatherings, and focus instead on the people, or the traditions, or the trappings of the holiday..

I like this advice and will do my best to follow it. The good thing about the holidays is that you get to see people you don't see all the time, so it's not all that out of the question to get yourself engrossed in a good conversation, far away from food.

Otherwise, sing the Christmas carols, enjoy the decorations, make some nice Christmas crafts..all things that can keep your hands and your mouth otherwise engaged and away from the food..

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    While I agree with Lynn that a significant part of 'holidays' is the food we eat (I'm Slavic... we have special and symbolic dishes for both Christmas Eve and Easter, some of which we serve only on those holidays), I also agree with the spirit of today's Spark offering.

    It took me quite a while to get here, and it finally donned on me two years ago that the holidays 'aren't about the food'. YES, I could eat certain very rich things that were't part of my daily nutrition plan, but I didn't have to eat as though I would never see those foods again (even though the foods were special, portion control still applied), and I didn't have to JUST eat with people. Every gathering throughout the holidays didn't have to focus on food... some gatherings could happen without food, and between eating, we could even take a walk and get some fresh air!

    It also took a while before the people around me 'got it' too and stopped pushing food at me (I mean, I always ate all day before), and I even discovered that I wasn't the only person who appreciated a walk. (or some street hockey... best Boxing Day we ever had... all ages playing with our kids... my Dad kept saying "man, you girls are tough!"... our husbands just smiled). We don't put bowls of munchies out to hold down the corners of the game boards anymore. We gather in rooms other than the kitchen, LOL!

    Basically, I realized that I/we had elevated the food to 'iconic' proportions, and THAT is what caused the problem. Now, I make some of those very special dishes at other times in the year for a 'treat'. At holiday times I eat what I won't get the rest of the year, and I don't eat the things I eat otherwise(mashed potatoes just aren't worth it to me anymore at any time, I eat the the saurkraut or cheese pyrogies but don't touch the potatoe ones, I have a fresh poppy seed bun for breakfast every day for a weekend and then I go back to oatmeal), candy and desserts are pointless unless they are home made).

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    3615 days ago
    This one I don't agree so much with...
    This is the one time of year that I will make my grandma's sugar cookies, or the candy cane cookies.

    Sharing meals is so much apart of how cultures celebrate,and Holidays and Festivals are when we show our joy with "The good stuff."

    Of course I try to eat smaller portions, and won't eat it if I don't really love it, but I'm not saying sorry for the food this time of year.
    3615 days ago
    It is a wonderful tip! Have a great Tuesday!
    3615 days ago
    I learned this one long ago and it does really help! I usually will make sure I have a glass of water in my hands too...makes it harder to reach for anything else.

    3615 days ago
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