Holiday Expectations Vs. Holiday Spirit

25 Dec

Merry x-mas and happy holidays!

My big question this holiday season is, “What are your expectations?” This is a loaded question. Use caution before you answer.

What are your expectations for your family, your job, the holidays?  Why do I ask this? Because expectations can mess with your mood and your happiness. Your feelings can interfere with weight goals and health.

If you think your holiday will be picture perfect, you know just like on T.V. , the food, the people, the gifts….think again. Your expectations can be a huge factor for your sanity, wellness and of course your weight.

Be well, keep things in perspective, stick with good eating habits during the holidays, bring down your expectations for others and increase your holiday spirit.

Remember the lyrics to a couple of songs sung by Bob Marley, “Don´t Worry Be Happy”and “Don’t Worry About A Thing, ‘Cause Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright.”

Visit these links, and, to download these songs on to your cell and think of me when your expectations start getting the best of you.

No matter what’s going on, these songs will make you feel good inside so spread the holiday spirit and most of all enjoy life!


Posted by on December 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Holiday Expectations Vs. Holiday Spirit

  1. Zee

    December 27, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Hi, I just got your book TSFF! I’m learning a lot about taking better care of myself. But I’m not looking to lose weight, but instead gain since I’m really underweight. Both of my parents were the same way, but began gaining in their 30’s and now have metabolic syndrome (I’m still early 20’s and have normal numbers). They grew up eating starch heavy diets and stick with it to this day. I got the book because I want to gain weight using a low-carb approach/take better care of myself and stick with that for life so I don’t become metabolically disadvantaged like my parents. I am lifting weights with a trainer so I can put on more muscle rather than fat. I’m having trouble determining how many carbs I should eat along with my increased calorie load comprised of more fat and more protein. Should I avoid ketosis if I’m not looking to lose body fat? I know weight lifting also requires additional carbs because it utilizes glycogen stores in the muscles. It’s very hard finding info on gaining weight on low carb or even low fat since everything is geared towards losing or maintaining. I would appreciate any information you could provide me. Thank you and happy holidays!

    • valerieberkowitz

      December 27, 2010 at 7:24 am

      You are doing the right thing. You’ll gain muscle on a ketogenic diet, just make sure you’re getting adequate calories for weight maintenance. You may need to eat more calories than you think but let your body guide you on the carbs. Initially, try 50 grams of carbs, make sure you eat the higher amounts of non-starchy vegetables. If after a week or two you feel weak, increase your protein/fat intake. You can add foods like peanut butter, avocado, sunflower or flaxseed, nuts, protein shakes. These foods are high in calories, fat/protein and have minimal carbs. Jeff Volek has authored research papers on weight training and a ketogenic diet. I wish you much success; please keep me updated on your progress.

  2. Zee

    December 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for the info! I will follow your advice and take a look at the papers by Jeff Volek. I read your blog regularly and I’ll make sure to post again some time in the future. God bless!

    • valerieberkowitz

      December 31, 2010 at 6:45 am

      I look forward to hearing about your progress. Happy New Year!


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