It doesn't matter if it is the holiday season in December or you are on a cruise with 24 hour food service. We are faced with the same challenges. Do we want to indulge, are we being careful about what we eat, have we given ourselves permission to gain a few pounds, or are we treating the food environment on these occasions no different than any other time of the year. Here are some highlights of food choices I may have to make.
Is this chocolate brownie tempting enough to have to walk three miles to burn off the equivalent calories?
|Caramel pecan frozen yogurt|
|Chocolate with almonds|
|Cheese thumbprint tarts|
|blueberry shortcake with ice cream|
|Decadent ice cream|
In doing further analysis I am coming to the realization and acceptance that I have to make food choices every day. When faced with extra temptations during the holidays or while on vacation I need to decide whether this food choice holds special significance and is worth the indulgence or can I have it anytime of the year. For example, why does indulging in cheese and crackers have to be considered special this time of the year? I can eat good cheese and crackers throughout the year. If I am going to indulge in treats or extra food, it should be because it is unique, special and/or is available only at limited times of the year. And lastly, can two bites satisfy my indulgence instead of a full serving?