No Diet Challenges This Christmas
Last night I ate something that tried to kill me. It was either the two Kentucky Fried Chicken crispy strips I had for lunch while doing errands (not something I generally eat) or the organic pumpkin I had with protein powder for dinner. Who knows, it could have just been a really bad case of holiday stress (I’ve got plenty of that). Whatever it was, I missed Friday night’s boot camp because of it. I spent the evening at home, drinking green tea, and editing a friend’s book.
This morning I weighed in at 170. A well hydrated, green tea infused 170.
I’m spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my sons (and, by default, the ex as well). Luckily, I happen to know (because I AM Santa) that Santa is bringing some dark chocolate for my stocking. I plan to take full advantage of the opportunity to lean on the “feel good” chemicals in said chocolate. That will be the total of my diet cheating for the holiday.
Phenylethylamine (PEA): This compound may be responsible for some of the pleasurable feelings you get after eating chocolate because it releases natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins in your brain. PEA is released by the brain when people are falling in love. (My ex hasn’t been responsible for PEA release in 15 years.)
There isn’t a great deal of food on the holiday menu for me this year. Breakfast tomorrow will be scrambled eggs and bacon. Lunch will consist of ham and an assortment of fresh vegetables. (My ex demands that corn and mashed potatoes always be on the menu but the boys and I don’t eat them so he’s on his own in the starch department.)
I suspect my Christmas menu will be much less tempting than most. If you’re one of those folks who will be tempted with tourtiere, tamales, stollen and other seasonal yummies, remember to cut yourself a little slack during the holiday. Allow yourself small portions of all your favorites, relax a little and don’t beat yourself up if you slip.