Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Public Service Announcement: For the Holiday Season

The time of year is upon us where, at every turn, in every situation, it seems we are staring at either a savory casserole, a salty and/or chocolatey snack, or a sugar and butter laden pastry. Ahh, the holidays. 

Like it or not, they're here. I love the holidays, but as a "healthy lifestyler," they intimidate me. Self-control is tough for me, especially when it comes to food. I know I'm not alone here.  I'll get up at 4:30 AM every day and work out, but you set a plate of goodies in front of me, and it literally takes all I have to resist. 

I'm 100% in favor of rewarding myself with little "treats" once in a while.  But I also know that it becomes really easy to let those rewards become too frequent, or too large (and this is all my own opinion, of course).

So this holiday season, whether you're trying to live a healthy lifestyle or not, consider the feelings, goals, and situations of others. Consider that, regardless of what you see on the outside, there might be a whole lot more going on that you don't see. 

If someone around you is offered some kind of food, treat, cookie, snack, whatever (!!) and they respectfully decline,  PLEASE please please just accept their decline and move on. 

Believe me, it takes will power to decline deliciousness in any situation.  But it seems especially difficult during the holidays, when it seems that every occasion is considered to be special.

Maybe that person is trying to lose a few pounds. Perhaps they are trying to cut sugar out of their diet, whether they feel it benefits them, they are facing a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, or whatever reason they have. My point here is that we don't know why people are making the choices they are making. And guess what?? It. Doesn't. Matter. It's a thing called respect. 

So please, friends and readers. This holiday season, when you have the urge to tell someone,

 "Oh go ahead. You could use another cookie."
"One piece of pie isn't going to hurt you!"
"You could stand to gain a few pounds!"

Please {PLEASE} suppress that urge. Allow your family, friend, or loved one to make their decision, for whatever reason they choose to make it, without feeling any pressure or negativity from anyone. 
And with that, I hope everyone truly enjoys and cherishes every moment they have with loves ones in the upcoming weeks.  Hug, smile, laugh, and enjoy yourselves!


  1. hey nice post mehn. I love your style of blogging here. The way you writes reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: How To Make Your Impossible Dreams To Become Possible .
    keep up the good work.


  2. How do I keep my mouth shut when a loved one is type 2 and hitting everything he shouldn't? Plus adding booze to the mix? Causes hard feelings when I open my mouth but his attitude and comments cause hurt feelings too.

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