In America there’s a mindset that it’s totally acceptable and expected by well-meaning friends and relatives to gorge on decadent, rich foods during the holidays; aka the “Six Week Holiday Binge.” It’s been taught and modeled to most of us since childhood, and for many, it’s hard to break free from the culturally engrained habit of eating for disease during that period of time.
I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with being pulled into the culture’s holiday eating traditions:
- traditions that are excuses to eat (and drink) for disease; planting seeds of toxic addiction and premature death
- traditions that cause one to feel “blah”
- traditions that result in the accepted norm of waking up on January first ~ lethargic, bloated and depressed; necessitating the need for New Years’ dieting resolutions
Whether one has many pounds to lose and needs to overcome toxic food addiction by following Dr. Fuhrman’s six-week eating plan as outlined in Eat to Live; or just wants to fine-tune a healthy habit like: eating only when hungry, or make a new, health promoting recipe each week, or increasing exercise intensity; most all of us can commit to a health improvement during the holidays.
To help us get and stay motivated, I’ve invited several guest contributors, (including faculty from the Nutritional Education Institute, founded by Dr. Fuhrman), to share their expertise and practical tips to help us successfully navigate the holiday season ahead. For example, they will instruct on such topics as why moderation fails, sidestepping sweet seductions, eating for health while away from home, and the wonderful benefits of daily exercise.
The change of one is a transformation ~ the change of many is a revolution. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to jump on-board with you! Let's all band together and intentionally challenge and change the cultures’ status quo by wholeheartedly committing to eating and exercising for health during the holidays.
The six week holiday challenge will begin on November 20th and go through December 31st; with the official kick-off on Saturday, November 20th. Stay tuned to Disease Proof in the weeks to come to be inspired and motivated by the line-up of guest authors!
We are in control of our health destiny; not the medical industry and pharmaceutical companies, and definitely not the holiday traditions! It's time to celebrate the holidays feeling well, and wake up on New Year's Day feeling our very best!
Let’s hear from you. What will be your six week holiday challenge?
"Freedom from Want" painting by Norman Rockwell