I know the title sounds pretty cheesy, but I really do mean it. I was just thinking about what most people look forward to at Christmas (including me)…and this is what I see: food, fun, family, and presents. Yep, that’s about it. So what is it that’s missing? Well I would say first that we’re missing the point. In perspective, think about it like this. If you organized a birthday party for someone and then forgot to (or simply didn’t) invite the birthday person, what is wrong with that picture? You eat his/her cake, you open his/her presents, and you enjoy it. That’s what’s wrong! We’re having a birthday party for Jesus every Christmas, yet I confess, I rarely honor Him and realize that He’s everything beautiful about Christmas. So after this little speech, I want to zero in on the “eating” party right now. Everyone hates feeling full and tired at Christmas. It’s absolutely no fun at all. So how can you have fun and eat at the same time? The answer comes in 3 ways:
1. Moderation. Just whatever you do, don’t go overboard- don’t eat ALL the fudge or candy. And as I’m going to stress as much as possible, normal Christmas treats are fine, and that’s where moderation comes in. The KEY to eating is moderation- that’s why I hate it when people go totally off of a certain food (unless they’re intolerant or have a particular reason) but taking out all of one food doesn’t help anyone. And almost anybody would tell you that if you’re on a diet, you should have a “fun” day once a week and eat the things you miss. That’s moderation.
2. Improvise. Add some healthy aspects to an unhealthy cookie. For example, tomorrow my family is putting up our tree. We usually have plates of treats sitting around and it’s very tempting. But tomorrow we’re just making some chili as our main dish, and then some improvised Ohio buckeyes. I’ll post the recipe this weekend- but for the most part it’s cream cheese, peanut butter, raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut flakes. And we’re going to make them into balls, freeze them for awhile and then dip them in melted chocolate. Yum! So see- all the ingredients are organic and we’ve suddenly made a VERY sugary treat into something we feel good about eating.
3. Do more than eat. I know that sounds weird, but really- there’s more to Christmas than food and just because eating tons of food (especially sugar) is the norm now, doesn’t mean you have to do it. Be unique. Instead of eating cookies, play a game while sipping tea. Or turn on some music while decorating the tree and eating healthy soup. Who knows, you might even start to enjoy it : )