The Holidays are Over and You’re a Butterball–What Happened?

You hear over and over, “calories don’t count during the holidays” and so you pig out on sugary desserts. It’s hard to pass up another chocolate especially the one with the coconut interior.

Unfortunately your scale doesn’t agree with that bit of caloric logic.

Patients come into the clinic. They are often depressed and angry with themselves for having given in to temptation. Their digestion is off and their toenails have turned to fungus from all the sugary treats. They went off their digestive enzymes, couldn’t find time to exercise, they stopped going for acupuncture because of all the hoopla and dysfunctional family obligations.

The first thing I suggest is stop beating yourself up. It’s the rare person who doesn’t gain weight around Christmas including myself. Get back on your digestive regimen. Now that all the candy is gone, start back up on your regular diet and routine. Meditate at least for a few minutes a day. If, for a month, you want to restrict your intake to 1500 calories, do so. You won’t starve if you pick the right foods. Eat organic and don’t forget the dark green leafy vegetables. Remember to move your lymph system either by walking or bouncing on the trampoline.

Before you know it, the holidays will be just another fading memory.

Alexis Rotella, M.Ac.

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