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Holiday diets take heavy toll

Nov. 15, 2005

by KORIN TORRENCE, columnist

To gravy or not to gravy? That is the question.

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, students have no time to reflect on their dietary sacrifices ruined by a holiday season centered on family, food and lack of fitness.

Going home, no matter the time of the year, is a vacation. But during the holidays it can leave you packing more pounds than clothes.

Thanksgiving is a well-deserved break from the daily stresses of college life and an opportunity to forget the turmoil endured when you can barely squeeze into your favorite pair of jeans -- turmoil that inspired a pre-holiday weekly workout routine and an almost balanced diet.

It's amazing how a warm slice of apple pie laced with sweet, golden, flaky, brown crust can overwhelm your taste buds with a single bite, while destroying a monthlong diet that helped you drop two pounds.

During the semester, students are quick to take advantage of socially based workout facilities, such as the McLane Student Life Center and the Bear Trail. But at home, getting up for a second or third helping is the only form of exercise some students see.

It makes you realize how beneficial easily accessible workout facilities are to a student's well-being.

News health beats focus on obesity to inspire everyone to change their eating habits, yet during the holiday seasons, big meals are all the rage.

Despite the fact that more than 50 percent of the nation is overweight, it is still hard to make a definite distinction between food and pleasure.

In some families, food is love. Many mothers spend all day and night slaving over a hot stove to prepare a warm meal with their son or daughter's favorite dish, somehow helping them forget about the pressures of college life.

My family views coming around the dinner table as an opportunity to bond and discuss every detail of my college experience not mentioned during the 15 times a day we talk now.

Holiday dinners are a time to give thanks, rejoice and be with friends and family.

Maybe the calories are worth it. After all, if you indulge too much you can do what I do and make it your New Year's resolution to shed the extra pounds. I guess some traditions are not meant to be broken.

Korin Torrence is a junior corporate communication and public relations major from The Woodlands.