Editor's note: Dr. Kenneth Weiner is founding partner and chief executive officer of the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado.
According to the iconic holiday tune, "'Tis the season to be jolly."
Unfortunately, popular myths about the magic of the holidays set many Americans up for a struggle with real life. For the millions of men, women and children recovering from an eating disorder, the holiday season can bring heightened stress associated with an overwhelming schedule of events, painful or frustrating family dynamics and a seemingly constant focus on food that begins at Halloween and continues through New Year's Day.
The end of the world is just a day away, and as the crazies prepare for it by stockpiling canned goods and jugs of water, I’m more concerned about which beer I’m going to drink to celebrate the future. You see, the world isn’t really going to end and the Mayans didn’t even predict it would. December 21, 2012, is just the final date on one of the Mayan calendars. According to scholars, the ancient Maya created several calendars and when one ended, another began.
For the Mayans, the end of a calendar cycle wasn’t about death and destruction but about rebirth and newness. December 21 should be about the celebration of what’s to come, not about the doom and gloom of a bygone world. Regardless of which view you lean towards, there’s a beer for you!
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
December 20 is sure to pack a punch - it's National Sangria Day!
Sangria is an iced punch traditionally made with red wine, sliced fruit, fruit juices and sparkling water. Though most people are familiar with the red wine version, sangria enthusiasts can lighten things up with white or rosé wine. For an added one-two, spike the pitcher with a good quality brandy.
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