New Year’s Day Switch

by Jason

Have you noticed all the weight loss advertisements lately? It’s almost as if a switch had been turned on New Year’s Day and we are being whipped into a guilt trip over the indulgences of the last two month.  I know that this is not a new thing, but whatever happened to easing into it. We are riled up to eat and be merry over the holidays and then knocked down equally as fast if not faster. It’s no wonder we have eating disorders.

I don’t know why we hang on to traditions which are bad for us in North America. Sometimes, it is nice to indulge and treat oneself with Christmas pudding, chocolate, turkey and stuffing, but why all at once and multiple times in such as short time.  Traditionally, Christmas dinner is only meant to be eaten once but today with Facebook and the internet we simply can’t fit all our friends and family in one place at one time. We over eat out of politeness.  Maybe, it is a Canadian thing to be too polite and over eat, but it is a lot of unnecessary work to know that you have get back to the same waist size as before the holidays.

For the first time in my life, I am starting to really watch my waistline.  My parents are also having heart troubles so eating well is on my mind. If I can extend the life of my parents by stating the obvious then I know that I have contributed to their longevity. Coincidently, my parents are thinner than me so they don’t have to lose any weight. They just have to eat right consistently.

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