Taming the Holiday Cookie Monster

The holidays can be a dangerous place for nutrition.The oncoming holidays can be summed up in a few words: travel, family and food.

It’s that last one that’s the kicker. Food, that wonderful and terrible f-word that it is, comes into a special role around events and celebrations. And when you have several large holidays all packed into a span of weeks, what can be dubbed as a mere stroll to the dark side from time to time becomes a full out month-long marathon to the very center of the foodie abyss.

I’m not going to lie: I love sweets. Give me some chocolate and you’ll make my day. However, I also know it’s not good for me. I’ll wake up the day after a cookie binge feeling sluggish and wondering what happened.

The key, and the lesson I think that needs to be impressed upon your members, is moderation. Inviting your members to tackle that tempting buffet on Christmas and New Year’s Eve by limiting oneself is usually the best way to go, especially if said member is new to the whole nutrition thing. I don’t know about you, but quitting cold turkey as they say is not simple. Baby steps are not only often the easier route, but also the best in the sense of long-term success.

However, moderation won’t do it just by itself. To show people the true benefit of refraining from all those cookies is to look at the bigger picture. Paleo is neat in the fact that it’s not a diet; it’s a way of life. Like CrossFit, it imbues the truth of a better and healthier way to live. Sure, it tells you to stay away from some things and to inhale others. It has lines that are drawn. However, it’s not about losing those 10 pounds. It’s about providing the individual with a great quality of life.

I know the biggest thing that has stuck with me since my foundations class is that fact: CrossFit is helping to better my quality of living. For example, when I have to lift something heavy, I can do so with proper form. CrossFit is making me stronger for everyday life. This fact is what helps me choose what to buy at the grocery store, whether or not to eat that piece of cake and in essence, take care of my body. True, I slip up and make mistakes in my eating. I’m not perfect and am still learning proper nutrition. However, I know when I go home for the holidays, I’ll definitely have CrossFit on my mind.

So, the calls of those cut-out cookies and peanut butter balls will be enticing, but moderation and the lure of a quality of life will be there as well. But, if nothing else, I suppose one thought will keep me on the nutrition track: If I eat healthier now, I can eat Christmas cookies for many more years to come.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like more cookies for me.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.