Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Resisting Holiday Temptation

Christmas gatherings, Hannukah dinners, and sweet gifts are all great and delicious, but when is too much too much? I admit that I have a sweet tooth, and have a hard time saying no when faced with a dessert. Especially when a loved one has gone through the trouble of making it from scratch! But since giving up sweets a couple years ago, I can honestly say that I now show some restraint when I am faced with temptation.

When I went paleo a few things happened.
(1)I lost a bunch of weight and inflammation.
(2) I became much happier and less stressed.
(3)I developed a mechanism that helps me face sugar cravings. When I slip up and have a piece of cake or a big cookie, my body really reacts. The whole next day I feel slightly hungover and sluggish. Now, this sounds bad, but it is actually a good thing. It makes me think long and hard about the decisions I make.

And sometimes it's totally worth it. For example, once a month I get together with about a dozen other girl friends in the city for Cooking Club. We all bring a dish and share the recipes. I love tasting everyone's recipes, and am willing to suffer the fatigue the next day.

Life is short. I do not eat 100% paleo all the time. But when I do I feel energetic and ready to conquer the world!

Have a happy healthy holiday!

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