In the spirit of the holiday season, my last blog focused on making life SIMPLE. So, I decided to write more about each letter.
The first is to strive for moderation. Usually around the holidays, the focus is on food. When I was growing up, we would purposely have our Thanksgiving or Christmas meal around 1:00 just so that in four hours or so we could take out the leftovers and eat again.
Looking back on it, I'm thinking we were definitely gluttons for punishment who more often than not put ourselves in a food coma.
I don't do that so much anymore. Most of the reason is because I just don't like that feeling of being so stuffed that I have to be like Frank Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" and unbutton my pants just so that my stomach doesn't explode.
That's a horrible feeling and an even more horrible visual!
With food, I strive for moderation during the holidays. One strategy that helps is that I track my food on myfitnesspal. When I track my food, it gets a little embarrassing if I have to keep adding one item after another to the list. It sure makes a difference when I'm holding myself accountable. I have to face the calories head on, so I want to make sure that I stay within my calorie and macro count as much as possible.
Another strategy that works wonders is eating one plate of food with no seconds. Then as I eat, I make sure that I enjoy each bite and take my time. There's always plenty of conversation going on, and so I join in and take care not to eat fast. After all, it isn't a race.
The third strategy has to do with dessert. I look at all the available yummy goodness and pick my absolute favorite. If I can't decide between two items, then I do a half piece of each.
Striving for moderation is the key during the holidays. I'm realistic in that I enjoy all the delicious food, but I also work hard to make sure that I don't overdue it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.