Although the article is a bit too simplistic, I totally agree with the principles.
OK, there are three days, or six, or whatever.
- Do you believe that in order to enjoy them, you have to eat until you are stuffed?
- Do you believe that holiday parties at work require you to eat as much of the free food as you can?
- Is it not a holiday unless you have managed to eat 4,000 calories of fat-laden carbohydrates? And taken leftovers home or put them in the fridge so you can eat 2,500 more the next day?
If the answers are yes, perhaps an attitude adjustment is called for. Enjoyment of food does not require eating until you're ready to pass out. I have come to enjoy food by savoring each bite, without having to keep on eating until it's all gone and nothing is left.
My plans for the holidays involve great
dinners, but not dinners where I throw all principles out the window. I'll have delicious foods, but I'll divide portions, take smaller amounts of foods I KNOW are high-cal, and be happy when it's all done. I'll plan ahead for the extra calorie counts and offset them to some extent
with lighter meals and exercise.
But I won't forget that my body does not know what a holiday is. It will happily turn anything over my maintenance level into stored fat.
And that's my 2 cents.