We will be eating heartily this season. Or, shall I say overindulging. Just think! There will be pies such as: pecan pies, peach pies, cherry pies, peach cobbler, blueberry pies, mince meat pies, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies, lemon meringue pies, to name a few.
There will be cakes. Upside down cakes, pound cakes, sock-it-to me cakes, German sweet chocolate cakes, cheesecakes. I will stop because now I am hungry.
Ok. I resume. There will be cookies. Sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, Christmas cookies with extra candy ornaments, raisin cookies and the list goes on. Oh yes, add the candy and the ice cream. Those are just a few of the desserts that we will be enjoying during this holiday break.
And then, there are the main course foods filled with all types of delicious meats. There is turkey, ham, duck, lamb chops, pork chops, pork shoulder and many will be dripping with oils and juices from the baking and preparation.
There will be an array of sides or vegetables like green beans, squash, zucchini, corn, corn- on- the-cob, yams, broccoli or greens. Add the starches like potatoes in a variety of forms.
So, those are just a few of the choices of the desserts, meats and veggies that we will be enjoying around the many dinner tables as we travel from house to house. And, yes, we will be packing on a few pounds as we go back for seconds and enjoy that late night snack that acts as a reprisal of the main feast.
We have to watch those helpings and know when we have really had enough. We have heard the saying “the eyes are bigger than our stomachs. “ We have to respect that and as one of my aunts used to say, we must ‘push back.’ She meant push your chair back from the table and simply stop eating.
And when a good meal has been enjoyed, we need to walk it off. Walk, exercise and get limber. Maybe we need to go and pump a little iron or work out in the gym. We should eat, drink and be merry, but the last thing we want is to enter 2015 looking like an inflated balloon from the Macy’s Day Parade.
So, eat, drink plenty of water and by all means, walk and exercise after those healthy meals. Hopefully we will all bring 2015 in looking trim and feeling fit as possible and still filled with glee!
Lynn December 13, 2014