The Holiday Health Nut
Brett Klika C.S.C.S.
As the 4th of July holiday hits, it’s important that you stay focused on a very strict nutrition principle. I call that principle “Don’t’ make a big deal about what you chose to eat or not eat on a holiday. Enjoy life”. It’s a holiday for god’s sake. It’s the other 350 or so days a year you need display some temperance.
Most people do the opposite unfortunately. Holidays with friends and family are a great time to perform a public display of temperance. “Hey everyone, come see how healthy I eat”. Then soon as everyone isn’t looking, a box of cookies disappears. It’s like being a jerk all week and going to church on Sunday. You’re missing the point.
It’s the things you do on a regular basis for the purposes of feeling, looking, and acting better when people aren’t looking that count.
Eating is not a novelty, so let’s not turn it in to one. Eating is something we have to do to survive. We have more food than we need to survive now, so we need to be able to make choices about quantity and quality on a regular basis. There is nothing wrong with occasionally celebrating abundance however.
Assuming you don’t observe a different holiday every day, these occasions are few and far between. Holidays should be, as Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof puts it, “To life, To life, L’chaim” occasions. Eat, drink, and be merry. If the only focus of an event is centered on the amount or type of food you consume, it’s a problem either way. The focus of holidays should be to connect with love ones and celebrate life. If certain foods are part of this, great!
Coming to peace with your diet is a matter of finding the mid ground between food prison and food anarchy. When you’re in prison, the only thing you think about is escape. Anarchy doesn’t serve any situation well when there is a central goal in mind.
The best way to find this peace is to listen to your body. If you eat a certain type of amount of food, how does that make you feel? Today, tomorrow, etc? If that answer is “good”, then good. If that answer is “bad”, then bad. Eat more good things, eat less bad things.
If the answer is “Too busy chewing and swallowing, can’t think”, we have a problem, majority of the American public. I love carne asada burritos. However, I’ve never had one for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon and at 3’oclock thought “Wow! I’m so glad I ate that!”
Eat, drink, and be merry this 4th of July. Celebrate life and everything that makes it worthy of celebration. If certain “bad” foods are part of that celebration, so be it. The other 350 or so days of the year that aren’t holidays, fuel yourself for health, happiness, and success.
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Brett Klika C.S.C.S., Director of Athletics at Fitness Quest 10, is a world renowned human performance specialist, motivational speaker, author, and educator. In his 14 year career, Brett has accrued more than 20,000 hours of training with youth, athletes, executives, and every day people. He uses this knowledge and experience to motivate individuals and audiences around the world through his writing, speaking, DVD’s, and personal correspondence.