Saturday, November 02, 2013
I've been thinking about this for the last few days.
Life is short. Life is too short.
We often say this as a justification for indulging in something we wish to have.
Life is too short to not enjoy this chocolate. Life is too short to not have that cookie.
I don't believe in denying myself anything really but it is important to make smart choices and to have the thing that really is special.....and enjoy it. That's different than mindlessly noshing. I don't always practice what I preach mind you, but I am trying.
It's November now and soon we will be preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, or whatever holidays are meaningful to us. More often than not, these holidays are based heavily on food traditions. It can be hard to make good choices at this time, but we can.
Life is too short not to have some of mom's wonderful pies. Maybe we need to think about that a minute.
I'm lucky in a way. I don't care much for a lot of sweets. That doesn't mean I can't over indulge at the holiday table though, and there are usually so many appealing things that we may not enjoy that often. Life is short.
I think we need to think about which of the "treats" are worth the indulge.....or yes, we will follow the holidays with too much bulge.
It's hard to do but having a taste of that special item would be a better choice. Also, if there are three or four kinds of pie at the table, do we really want or need some of each?
Are Christmas cookies about the cookies or are they about the family connection? A lot of us love the baking itself and there are often long lists of special cookies, candies and cakes. Do we need to make them all? Could we pare that down to one or two from our family and one or two from our partners? If we didn't make dozens and dozens before the kids come home and instead made some things together as a family activity, would we find more satisfaction in the doing than the eating?
Life is short.
Life really is too short to not choose to do what our bodies really need. Diet and exercise might seem like things we can shelve for the holidays but Life is too short for that.
Back in the sixties there was an expression. " If it feels good, do it" Of course this often meant something that wasn't particularly good for a person nor even legal for that matter. LOL But I thought of this on my run the other day. If it feels good do it. That run felt really good. Hmmmmm......Over indulge at the holiday table? End the day feeling bloated and tired? Or....take a walk or a run or take a yoga break or whatever else feels good?
Life is short.