Thursday, March 30, 2023

[Commentary] Holiday Gluttony ‘Gets Me Going’

You know what really ‘Gets Me Going’?  Holiday gluttony! 

I’m torn when it comes to my indulgence levels.  Each year, I tell myself “Just eat small portions all day, not a lot of bread” …. blah, blah, blah.  Each year, however, I eat like I’ve just returned from a 30 day eat, pray, love fast.  The worst part is the plunge from Thanksgiving to Christmas where you just say, “oh well, I’ll start over on New Year’s”, and completely disregard your health.  We all do it.  The cycle is absolutely annoying.  You know what to avoid, yet the temptation is so vast you simply must give in.  It’s a season of the best pastries, pies and chocolates.  A time to feast on the finest dishes from everyone’s kitchen.  The anticipation is as frightening as it is exciting.

Growing up, I wanted desperately to help with each dish and be a part of all the mise en place.  I remember the sight of fresh cherry pies, macaroni, glazed ham and a host of foods that had grown to be exclusive in my household.  It was and still is a glorious scene.  It often makes me wonder if we all have a small glutinous soul.  A part of us that just might eat whatever they wanted constantly, and in larger portions, if there were zero consequences or weight gain.  I wonder…

Fun fact, this harvest festival originated with the purpose to praise and collect a surplus of food for the coming winter.  Not a bad idea at all.  Fast forward a few hundred years and now, each post-Thanksgiving, I have a surplus of leftovers that usually go to waste.  The main reason (first world problem number 1,548,001) is that I just get bored with the food and want something different to eat.  Sure, I’ll give it to family or friends, but there’s a lot of effort that goes into preparing food that ultimately….I get bored with. 

I’ve considered fasting after the massive feast, as they did in 1623.  This may help my conscious feel slightly better about my holiday diet.  We shall see.  I refuse to lie to myself and say that “I will watch what I eat”.  That’s just not realistic on this splendid, satisfying and beautiful day.  No matter what, it is always a good feeling to be around those whom you love dearly and make you feel safe.  Whatever you lovely folks do, be safe, give thanks and enjoy your turkey day.

Thanks for reading, Cheers!

Trina Davenport, a Baltimore native, has been writing for over a decade and has an array of multiple talents.  She holds a wealth of knowledge regarding media and loves to express herself through writing as well as a podcast she and her brother host.  Trina’s background includes an IT degree as well as holding a four-year position as Vice President for a Baltimore Non-Profit.  She also has a business called Vino Visuals that creates fine art using wine corks.  She is thrilled to be a part of the OutWire family.

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