I don’t really get the over-eating at Christmas thing – even if I wanted to, I can’t really stuff myself beyond a certain point – there is still only the same amount of room in my stomach even on Christmas Day. Like most people, it’s the incidentals with me – the Quality Street here and there and the actual richness of the food that is outside the norm, but not hefty meal after hefty meal.. I can only really eat the same actual amount as I do every day.
And I hate all the detox articles that come for January, assuming everyone has indulged to the point of bursting. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, these features make you think that you need to purge your body of all evils when in truth, you probably don’t. Christmas to New Year is a week.. I can’t really think that you can damage your digestion or internal workings in a week even if you are going one over on the Egg Nog. January is the worst possible time to think of punishing yourself; whether it’s a detox or a full-on diet. Do it in the summer when it’s warm and comfortable and you won’t be craving heavy, starchy food and decent salads and fruit are far more palatable and abundant. If you really have over-done it on the alcohol, then erm, you only need to stop to feel a darn sight better, and that’s not a detox, that’s just common sense.
So, I do wonder about all the self-improvement ranges that hit the shelves in January; you had a good time, now you have to pay kinda thing. The David Kirsch range, above, is a really popular one but at £3.50 for one sachet, surely that’s £3.50 you could be spending on something much more interesting and just calming down on the food and alcohol intake. I think if your appetite has got out of control and supplements can stop you getting hungry all the time, that’s one thing, but buying into a whole regime of punishment because you think it is necessary is a whole other thing. The Calming Bubbles, £35, above, appeal to me very much for the calming aspect, but on the pack it says that it is for those days when you’re ready to ‘inhale a bag of cookies or chips’ implying that you reach for £3.50 sachet just to stop yourself having biscuits. I think will-power is cheaper as is a bag of apples, a bowl of porridge or even probably, a sensible dinner.
If it helps your will-power to believe in supplements to help you lose weight, then maybe it is money well-spent, but to me it makes no sense to pay money to eat or drink something that stops you, well, eating or drinking something.