Eat and Be Merry

By / Food / January 5th, 2010 / 1

Christmas and New Year’s are done for another year. Did you make it through without adding on some pounds? I think it’s interesting that weight gain is one of the ways that people choose to describe their holidays. And not just Christmas. It could be any holiday — a cruise around the Mediterranean, a two-week stay at a resort, a family reunion over a weekend in August. You’ll hear these words uttered in self-reproach: “I can’t believe I put on five (or ten, or twelve – insert appropriate number) pounds!”

Don’t worry, I’m not going to give advice on how not to gain weight over the holidays. I’m certainly not one to preach on that little topic, and I have no doubt that you’ve probably read or heard all there is to read and hear about it.

We tend to eat more when we’re surrounded by food. Good food, of course. There probably aren’t too many of us who would eat too much of something we’re not especially keen on. I take issue with the idea that indulging at special occasions is somehow wrong. Why should it be? Appreciating the cook’s efforts is a noble way of passing the time, and if we happen to eat more than we should, then so be it. We’ve succeeded in experiencing a little more of what this world has to offer. Humans need to eat. So, why not eat the best? If the table is laden with many mouthwatering dishes, dig in.

Savouring a variety of foods, even if it means overeating occasionally, is an incredible testament to life. We work so hard to grow it and prepare it, enjoying it is no different than enjoying time with good company. The two go hand-in-hand. We feed our souls and our bodies at the same time. So, the next time you inadvertently eat a little too much. Don’t worry about it. Be happy about the fact that you had an opportunity to partake of nature’s best.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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