Hey. So the holidays are around here. We've made it!
But holiday festivities can cause repercussions far more tiring, painful, deeper and longer-lasting than if we were just healthy gluttons complaining about weight gain. Eating the wrong thing, putting a protocol on hold, staying up late multiple days in a row to be a good sport - these can be scary when your fragile. And let's face it; we're a delicate bunch.
So I want to reach out before the Christmas celebrations start and talk about bracing yourself. There is fun to be had, and protocols to be maintained. I want to say that discipline is important, but so is joy. Don’t eat half a pie and quit your Lyme protocol for a week, but don’t fixate on whether or not your food was prepared in industrial oils, and don’t skip out on the festivities all together. It’s up to you how much you want to let loose – will it be a glass of wine? TWO glasses? Merely the intent to stay up until midnight with your family and enjoy the fact that you’re frikkin alive to see another Christmas? The important thing is that, whatever your version of ‘loose’ is, you are conscious of it.
Every holiday celebration is a moment in time when families – whoever is left of them at the time – come together before they are no more. Once this one passes, that’s one less moment you will all be together. So it's not about you. It's not about your health. And it's not about your siblings. Or our parents. Or the kids. It's about 'us' - togetherness, giving, all that jazz.
So enjoy that piece of pie if that's what you want. Or don't. But be present this holiday. It's one less moment in time with your loved once that you get.