Holiday Advice You Didn’t Ask For

Lisbeth Darsh Essays

It’s December, which means the holiday eat-a-thon is well underway.

Chances are that you’ll be staring down a number of parties, gobs of food, and a gallon of liquor between now and New Year’s Day. Most people in America gain something outrageous like 8-10 pounds during the holidays. That’s nuts, right? Don’t be most people.

But that’s easy to say when the eggnog and the Christmas cookies aren’t eyeballing you. So, how to survive the holiday season and not be a cranky bitch on wheels?

Well, here’s your survival guide for these times. Feel free to write down what I’m about to say on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket.

Are you ready? Here it is: Don’t be stupid. Yup, that’s it. I could write all sorts of words and wax eloquently on this subject for 500 or 1000 words, or I could just use 3 words: Don’t be stupid.

You know what to do, so do it. Eat smart. Avoid “low-fat” garbage and remember that fat is not the enemy, but excessive caloric consumption is. If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that you’re trashing your diet and deal with it. Don’t eat crap. Don’t buy crap. Don’t take crap when it is handed to you. (That’s in life in general, as well as on a platter at a party.)

Have fun but make smart choices.

Remember the words that form part of the CrossFit “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

The holidays are about more than food. You’ll be okay, and smart will feel great in January . . .

(Originally posted in Dec, 2010.)

Lisbeth Darsh Essays

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