CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Unbuckle your belts. It's time to celebrate the act of overeating. ...
Wait a minute. Aren't we supposed to be commemorating the act of giving thanks?
Yes. So then why is it we seem to skip over the grateful part and go full bore into the eating everything we can heap onto our oversized plate?
I know, it's a holiday and we shouldn't obsess over the extra helping of this and that or the inability to say no to extra offerings of decadent sweets, sauces and alcohol. As you know, I am an advocate of everything in moderation, including moderation that allows us to have occasional "cheat days."
For some of us, however, this free pass will persuade us to chuck the sensible eating plan until the start of the new year. When this happens, it translates into a monthlong feeding frenzy.
I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but holiday time can really sabotage our healthy intentions. It goes something like this:
You've been active throughout the summer, which spawned healthier eating habits. You started feeling stronger and more focused. When fall arrived, you really got serious about the workouts.
Oh no ... Boooo! Halloween was upon you and all its sweet treats threw you off track just enough you let your guard down. Right behind it came Thanksgiving and too many obligations gave you no choice but to eliminate some of the training you had built into your schedule.
If you identify with this, it's easy to see why we find ourselves lamenting over our bad health habits by year's end. With the feasting season approaching now is not the time to throw in the towel. Now is the time to be a little more dedicated to the program. Exercise must find its way back onto your books. Also, so that you have no regrets and to avoid the average 5 to 7 pounds of weight gained between Thanksgiving and the new year, try the following tips for a healthful holiday season: