So the end of another week is here and a special week for most as Christmas is fast approaching. Alcohol and Crap food will pass the lips of many, family stress will endure most and New Years resolutions will be made! A fun time of year indeed. What are the most health consious people to do this time of year? Vegans and Vegetarians stress about avoiding inevitable animal ingredients, body builders worry about getting enough protein down their necks and worry about adding 0.2oz of fat to their waistlines and Paleo diet followers will be stamping on bread crumb stuffing all over the world. Damn Gluten. Purists will tell you that this time of year is not for making excuses allowing yourself to gorge and drink yourself silly and this is the perfect time to show resolve and to fight back temptation and prove yourself as an honorable Health Warrior.
Relax. Chil, Chillax, Chill out, calm down, or what ever word your generation or social circles use to mean not to worry and don’t stress. Smile, be happy. Make time to do what makes you happy at some point over the holidays. Sure we all have to entertain some people we don’t particularly enjoy being around, sure we travel to see people we would rather not have to leave our beds for, and of course there is allot of pressure for some people to do things such they don’t want, such as eat crap (although some of us enjoy this part), drink alcohol, stay up late and all that, BUT, Life is as simple as you make it and all you have to do is let yourself be happy and enjoy this festive time.
Vegan? Vgetarian? Teetotal? then you have planned ahead and know what you do and don’t want to eat, what brands of gravy (if you are buying it rather than making it) contain animals bits so you just avoid. Going to someones place for Christmas dinner that eats meat? offer to relieve them of stress and take your own, its not a problem. Tempted by drink at Christmas but don’t want to join in with people around consuming more alcohol than they should? just don’t drink!! how easy is that? if you are a bodybuilder, a day or two of not worrying about what you eat will be good for you, stressing about it will cause more cortisol and more fat gain and more muscle breakdown! Been following a Paleo Diet and worry about the effects of Christmas? DON’T! Christmas dinner is perfect. A nice free range, organic Turkey, Non gluten pigs in blankets and stuffing, all the veg, potatoes (live a little) Butter, and a non Gluten Xmas Pud with lots of double cream from grass fed cows!! or, forget the pudding and have a bowl of cream! Want to have a little tipple but not sure what your paleo ancestors would agree with? Aapparently the Norcal Margarita is acceptable. You can get the recipe from www.robbwolf.com
What ever you do, be happy, laugh, relax and enjoy the moment. There are studies that show the state of a person’s mind can affect the use of macro nutrient calories and fat gain from the foods that person is eating. Meaning that if you stress about eating the doughnut you are more likely to store fat that burn fat… So don’t worry if you over eat. Smile and ENJOY!
This is not me saying go drink yourself into coma or eat until you are sick, just know what you are doing, understand the consequences and enjoy the decisions you make. Have a Great Christmas.