Every year, around this time, a change happens in me. I know it’s coming, but I never know the exact date. It’s the day when I wake up and declare “that’s enough” with the cookies and the eggnog and the sugar plums and all the other holiday magic I’ve been shoveling into my piehole on the reg. It’s like a switch flips in my brain, and all the indulging is no longer fun or exciting, and suddenly, I crave nothing but salads and smoothies. It’s my body’s way of self-regulating.
That switch flipped a little early this year. Because of my job doing this whole recipe development thing, I’ve been working on holiday treats for months now. I’ve enjoyed more than my fair share of fudge and cakes and sugar cookies—oh so many sugar cookies. One day last week, I woke up, and instead of wanting to mainline eggnog like I had every morning for the previous three weeks, I wanted a green smoothie for breakfast. And I knew the switch had flipped.
I try to never get down on myself when I’m in the middle of my holiday-fueled indulgence. I’m a big believer in everything in moderation, and that includes moderation. So that means sometimes you just gotta eat your weight in cookies. December is one month out of the year. It’s 8% of your life. Is it a big deal if we go a little off the deep end for 8% of the time while celebrating with friends and family eating foods we love? Surely not. In fact, I’d say it’s healthy to let go sometimes.
I’ve accepted that from about November 15-December 15th, I eat a diet Buddy the Elf would be proud of. It is what it is. And then come 7-10 days before Christmas, the switch flips, and I’m suddenly back to my normal, vegetable-loving self.
Of course, I don’t completely avoid holiday celebration after the switch has flipped. But I like to try to find healthier ways to indulge once I’m back on the healthy eating bandwagon, and these Salted Chocolate Dipped Clementines are my favorite healthy indulgence right now. Read the post »