The food police don't want anyone to have any fun at all enjoying all those wonderful goodies that abound at Christmas. Shortbread - ugh, no, too much butter! Gravy - OMG, saturated fat! Cheesies - you actually eat all those chemicals, not to mention FOOD COLOURING! Mashed potatoes - stop, please, high glycemic index! Chocolates - sugar and caffeine; you'll kill yourself!
Now, I am not against eating good healthful food. That's exactly what I do most of the time, organic too and not overly processed. I must also confess that I actually like tofu.
But the food police don't want anyone to indulge in too much of anything, ever. They want to force their choices on to others at company lunches and breakfasts - fruit, fibre, salad only. They purse their lips and say things like, "We aren't bacon-eating people here at ABC company." (This is true; someone actually said this at a meeting to plan the menu for a gathering.)
Food police also find it difficult in grocery store line-ups, tsk-tsking at the choices their fellow shoppers have made. Often, this is done in mock friendly and courteous tones: "My, my, all that fat; it's not good for you, you know."
My list of Christmas superfoods includes Cheesies, as much chocolate as possible, especially Toblerone and truffles, dark fruitcake with lots of brandy, two helpings of Christmas dinner, including spoonfuls of gravy, and leftover turkey in a bun with cranberries and stuffing on Boxing Day. Did I mention chocolate?
Unless a person has a specific issue, like diabetes, high cholesterol, or morbid obesity, overdoing it isn't likely to hurt. Pleasure, even once in awhile to excess, is a good thing.
A sound Bah, Humbug! to all food police everywhere. God bless us, everyone, with as much Christmas food indulgence as we wish.
Did I mention chocolate?
(turkey sandwich photo)
(roast turkey photo)
(yams and marshmallows photo)