Eat, Drink & Be Merry

 Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Merry Christmas ... If there is a day to eat, drink and be merry, today is that day! Seriously. If you are an avid That's Fit junkie, you probably exercise frequently, mind your caloric intake and even pop a supplement or two each day. So, on special days like Christmas, it can be pretty darn hard for the fit-fanatic to let go of the rigid discipline and chow down. But taking one day "off", will not do any irreparable damage, but not participating just very well may.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Did you know it is actually beneficial to take a day off the rigid nutritional and exercise regime and simply enjoy your favorite "naughty" foods? It is true. We all need to let ourselves go every once in a while. By allowing ourselves to have a special day sans guilt, we are able to stay on track, focused and motivated in a fit-focused lifestyle. By allowing yourself to have a little splurge you are able to honor the joy food brings to life and honor its place in your life. Also, participating in the social rituals surrounding holiday food is good for your soul, your emotions, as well as your connection to friends and family. Food, and especially holiday foods, hold a certain nostalgic place in most of our lives. Refusing to honor those traditions can make you feel isolated and alienated from the holiday event itself. We all demonstrate our love through cooking, serving and enjoying special foods around the holiday time. So, don't hold back ... let yourself enjoy the holiday and make a promise to hit the treadmill first thing in the morning!

You may also find it good to know that fit people can actually trick their bodies into burning extra calories when more than the normal range of calories are taken in for a few days. Instead of gaining weight, a fit person's metabolism struggles to adapt to this change and will temporarily increase to meet the challenge. When we are too extreme with any eating and exercise program we limit its effectiveness and eventually get burned out.

Don't forget that life should be pleasurable and the whole point of living a fit life is to get the most enjoyment out of our experience in this lifetime and to have as long of a life as possible. So this Christmas, eat, drink and be merry, and hop back on the treadmill in the morning!

Merry Christmas!

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