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Ahh...The Power of Food. Sometimes food can be as addictive as drugs-ginseng, strawberries, and oysters are said to be aphrodisiacs and sugar in the form of ice cream or chocolate has been known to entrap even the most stoic. This is especially true at big holiday parties, family gatherings, and celebrations like New Years Eve, where Decadence, Mirth, and Overindulgence meet. Of course, it is fine to go expansive as long as you don't go explosive! Procter and Gamble sells more Pepto-Bismol at the end of the year than any other time. So, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, bloating, diarrhea are too often the results of our partying habits. But they don't have to be.
As we discussed in the pre-Thanksgiving "Holiday Overeating" newsletter, the overpowering influence of lots of food, lots of friends, and lots of family, can swamp our normal levels of discipline. The human palate, don't forget, is a magical circuit board of nerve endings, taste sensations, memories, and programming built from years of associations with good and bad habits. So it's not unusual for even the most disciplined among us to be challenged under these circumstances. That's why we need a plan.
HOLIDAY SURVIVAL STRATEGY
Perhaps you're thinking: "I'm going to be fine. I don't need a strategy." Well, maybe so. But I say, better to be prepared. Because you never know when that heavy cream chocolate mousse will seep into your temporal lobe and before you know it you're "whipped" and the yolk's on you! I say: protect yourself and establish a strategy just like the army does before a battle or a football team before a pass. There is no substitute for planning.
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