The neighborhood that I live in would be considered upscale to someone who’s living in, let’s say, the inner city, where the propensity for crime is greater and where blight is widespread. When I walk in my neighborhood I am conscious of the beautiful homes, well-kept lawns, and immaculate surroundings. Then I realize how fortunate and blessed I am.
This time of the year causes many of us to reflect on the things that we’ve accumulated versus the things that we desire. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, downtrodden, or whatever part of the city you live in, the holidays can put a smile on your face or turn your smile upside down. It’s a joyful time for some and a depressing time for others.
Food is a major part of the holiday season. If you’re a glutton, over-eating is not a cure-all for the multiplicity of problems that tend to surface during this time of the year. In fact, it can be detrimental to your health. Gulping down food doesn’t solve problems; it makes it worse.
Being able to enjoy food is a blessing. It is a sustainable gift that continues to enrich and fortify the body – that is if you eat the right food. This is a celebratory time of the year when food seems to be in abundance – a cornucopia of delectable food that is often arranged around kitchen tables for hungry men, women and children. But is all that food good for you?
If you’re hoping to maintain your health or restore it to optimum levels, you’ll be surprised to learn that food can heal the body as well as worsen it. Overindulging during the holiday season is just as worse. Certain foods can spike blood pressure, send the diabetic into a tailspin, and increase stomach indigestion.
If your goal is to live a wholesome, healthy lifestyle, try to eliminate fried foods and processed foods from your diet. You’ll be better for it. Plan balanced meals and learn to say no to food that can ravage the body. And if you’re one of millions planning to make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, don’t wait. Start today.
The holidays can be stressful. People tend to pull at you from all angles to try to get you to join in the festivities. They’ll even try to encourage you to treat yourself to harmful food and spirits, knowing you are likely to suffer the consequence. I know that peer pressure or pressure from loved ones may be difficult to avoid. But don’t sweat it. You’ll do just fine if you stick to your regimen – whatever that may be.
Friends and loved ones don’t really understand sometimes why you’re making a lifestyle change or why you’ve decided to eat healthy. Your need to change is not only hard for friends and loved ones, it’s doubly hard for you, I’m sure, because you might be accustomed to a certain way of life. Now you have to start over from scratch and, this time, watch what you eat and be mindful of how you live your life.
So the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is the gift of life. When the holiday season is over, you’ll be glad you chose a new way of life. Forget the things of the past that caused you undue stress. Start anew and take life by the reins.
If you’re cooking for the holidays, make sure you avoid harmful fat, sugar and oils. They are known to increase weight gain. Do yourself a favor and make the necessary changes to keep your body running at optimum levels. Don’t overindulge and over eat.
Before the New Year commences, remember what the Chef has said all year long: Eat your vegetables, drink plenty of water, get your proper rest, and stay away from processed food.
If you eat healthy, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the benefits of life, regardless of all the obstacles that may stand in your way. Be blessed and be safe. I look forward to helping you reach all your goals this upcoming New Year.