July is the midwinter month here in NZ and it is a month for eating. Naturally we want to eat more in winter to keep warm, plus, winter is a great time to socialize around hearty and delicious food.
Quite a few of the folk I know are given to midwinter feasts, in the form of Christmas meals. That traditional Christmas fare seems much more appropriate in winter, so it is nice to place it in season. But many people here, especially those with European backgrounds, also make a traditional Christmas dinner in the antipodean summer, when the holiday falls. So we can get two Christmas feasts a year. Which is one too many, IMHO.
It seems strange to be having winter foods at the height of summer. As a child of immigrants, for years I would serve our family traditional foods for winter, a feast of several meats and rich puddings.
It wasn't until quite recently that I finally made the change to a Christmas feast of summer foods. Much more appropriate -though it can be tricky to get your hands on raspberries during Christmas week.
I don't plan to be eating much this month, and will be declining dinner invitations. This is not the norm for me, but eating as though it is summer will support my plan to release more weight before this Christmas.
Next winter will be different, I will be on maintenance.
It feels rather strange, and perhaps a little foolish, to say this so confidently. I have spent quite a few years of my life trying to get to a desired weight, and had given up for quite a few years, too. But I DO feel confident. Furthermore, I feel confident enough to say it here, where I am accountable for my word.
Have a great July, Sparkies, and those who can, enjoy your summer