Sunday Thoughts (dessert and baseball)
Karen is a good sport.
And by that, I mean she puts up with me being really into sports, when she could easily take them or leave them.
Full confession: I love sports. Baseball, football, basketball, golf, the Olympics, you name it.
When we were in full-on shutdown mode and the major sports leagues turned off the lights, I was seriously bummed out.
Yes, I get it. In the grand scheme of things, a bunch of overpaid adults running around playing kids’ games isn’t all that important.
But having something you’re emotionally invested in, something you’re passionate about, is absolutely vital for health and longevity.
I can tell you from experience, when your team loses a big game, it sure doesn’t feel healthy. But if they get the job done and win… oooh boy, is that fun.
Being a fan creates connection, fosters community, and lets you put time and effort into something that brings meaning to you.
Even if it isn’t meaningful to everyone.
So if you’re a sports fan, don’t apologize for it – relish it as a great way to support your health!
Now, Karen is probably reading this and wondering “ok, great… what about me?”
For the non-sports fans in your life, here’s a health tip you’re really going to like: eat more dessert.
Yes, sugary desserts aren’t that good for you. But a healthy diet is one that’s actually sustainable. One that feels like a lifestyle, not a regimen you have to force yourself to do.
And research has shown that dieters who included small desserts in their diet 4 times a week were more likely to stick with it for at least 3 months.
The longer you stick with a new program or new way of eating, the more you’ll cement those healthy habits.
So enjoy your desserts, and do it guilt-free. It may feel wrong, but it could be exactly what keeps you from burning out and kicking your healthy eating plan to the curb.
The real test to see if Karen’s reading this will be how many types of Christmas cookies I see in the next few days.
I can only hope those molasses ginger snaps are part of the plan…
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.