We love our holidays and apart from all the gifts and a chance to meet our relatives and in general having a good time, we also look forward to those once-a-year goodies that we get to eat. In fact, we wouldn’t be off the mark to say that the cakes, chocolates, puddings and other goodies are the highlights of our holiday and more often than not, we remember the holiday for what we did and what we ate.
For most of us, holiday is also a suspension of normal activity including our normal healthy eating diets and exercise. American Weight Watchers report states that the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day! Little wonder that Fad diet marketers go on an overdrive and make the most money after the post holiday season.
Of course, the temptations are all too evident. At every house you visit you are offered cakes, puddings, chocolates, cookies and other mouth watering goodies. Being the holiday season we don’t like to refuse and once we put a small piece of that chocolate cake in our mouth, it oh so melts away that it is absolutely difficult to not go for another helping and pretty soon we’ve finished half if not more of the items on the portion control plates. And even God would not be able to help us if we are invited for lunch or dinner. The table is so laden with mouth watering dishes and the aroma is so enchanting that our senses go on an over drive and all attempts to control our minds seems hopelessly futile. Healthy eating breakfast and cooking also seems to go out of the window. Continue reading