A Perfect Storm of Factors That Makes The Holidays Difficult
December 23, 2011 10 Comments
Here is my "Holiday Card" for all my loyal readers and fans! Thanks for coming here and being part of the Snack Girl community.
Now, I want to get a wee bit real.
I have identified a THREESOME of factors that make it almost impossible to do anything but gain weight and feel guilty. You ready?
- Lots of food and alcohol
- Very dark outside
- Sadness, loneliness, and stress
I'm sure that some of you will not be enjoying the holidays this year. I think Elvis's rendition of "Blue Christmas" is a good example of what I am referring to.
So, you feel bad, you are SURROUNDED by food, and you just want to stay inside all day because it gets dark at 4 PM. Seems like a powerful recipe for weight gain.
For those who are happy during the holidays - you guys are still surrounded by food and darkness (you just aren't trying to change your mood with food).
What to do?
Here is where I get to write something pithy like, "Fill up on celery sticks." or "Buy a high intensity light fixture." or "Move to Australia during the winter months."
Or, I could just say you already feel bad so why add guilt about eating to the list? Simply accept that you are eating too much and do your best not to feel bad about it.
I noticed that in my town some of the churches are having "Blue" services for the people who are having a rough time. Find these people and express your sadness without wallowing. I don't know where the line is between self-indulgence and true expression of sadness - but I'm sure you will find it.
The holidays are overwhelming for many - so let them overwhelm you - then you can get on with your life in January.
XOXO, Snack Girl
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