My grandmother survived the great depression of the 1930’s. During this time many people went hungry because they didn’t have enough food to eat. Being well fed was a sign of prosperity. Having more than enough food to feed your guests was a sign of even greater prosperity and generosity! But, the depression finally ended with World War II, when there was enough work for everyone to earn a better living.
Years later my grandmother’s generation still remembered those times of great need. Many of them treated food as a sign of prosperity and great generosity. Being “skinny” was a sign of malnutrition and poverty. To this day, my grandmother makes certain that everyone has enough to eat. “Anthony,” she would say to me, “Look how skinny you are. You need to eat. We’re gonna put some meat on those bones. Here, have some more potatoes.” Boy, was she persuasive. I mean, how do you say “no” to your grandmother?
After dinner I’d lay on the couch listening to the Lions play football, taking shallow breaths and groaning through the pain of having overeaten. (Note: I would only listen to the game because my stomach hurt too much to keep my eyes open.) How did this happen again? Why didn’t I just say “no?” Oh, the agony!
The next day I got up with regret and headed to the gym. I was determined to work off all the extra food I ate the day before. I was tired and sluggish and wondered how I was going to survive the onslaught of food and festivities during the holiday season. I promised myself I would not eat like that again, but time after time found myself doing so. Although later in life I practiced temperance, I had to find a solution to the crappy way I felt dealing with my food-hangover. Here are some of the cures I found:
Get Moving: Ok, so you fell off your diet for one day. That’s no reason to scrap the whole heap and get the attitude of saying “screw it.”. You can simply resume your regular eating and workout program the next day.
Get Started: If you don’t have a regular program, then get one! The holidays are a great time to start a program. Can you imagine avoiding that 10 lbs – 15 lbs holiday weight gain? Just think of how good it will feel when you can still button your pants around Christmas time!
Do It Right: How many times have we polled out friends or searched the internet for that quick fix? Or tried one of those fad diets? How long did the results last? Probably not long. Getting proper help from someone in the know could save you from additional regret
Control Yourself: Remember before when I said I learned to practice temperance? Well, why not give it a try? Instead of having a big slice of cake have a much smaller one. Push back from the table before you’re full. Drink a glass of water before sitting down to eat. All of these tips will help prevent you from overeating.
These 4 tips will help you get rid of the bloat and prevent it from happening again. For more articles like this check our archives and see how you can manage yourself not just during the holidays, but throughout the rest of the year as well.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season! I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Tony Bianchino is the founder of Out Run Your Fork, a personal training and nutritional counseling company located in Westfield, NJ. For more information email Tony or book your free no-obligation session today.