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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Winter cravings



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January 30, 2013 - I blame winter.

I blame Mother Nature's fickled moods the last few weeks. Though now I have said it and it is in print, she will bring down her wrath.

I am blaming winter for my occasional cravings as I continue being a good girl and keeping fats and sugars away as I am now down 70 pounds. Stay away you vampire food, sucking away my energy and making feel, well, best way to describe is blah... You know the feeling, like you just finished three courses of Thanksgiving dinner and you are full and can't move.

But yes, I find myself wanting bad foods and I am blaming winter. During winter in Michigan it is natural to want fatty foods. You need to build fat in your body to keep yourself warm. So I am going against my body's natural instinct to warm up.

It sounds like a good excuse, doesn't it? This could be why many people in Michigan do not succeed with their resolution to lose weight. It's cold in Michigan, we need fat. The new year is deep in the winter season.

But despite my body protesting for more fat I am fighting the bulge back. I am not giving in. I will not back down. You will not find a home here. Actually you can take some of it away with you.

The cravings aren't too bad. More like a gentle whisper than a loud clanging sound. I just find myself fighting them off more. Especially last Friday when placed on the counter in front of my desk was a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The smell was delicious. It truly tickled the cells in the nose.

I found myself wanting the icing more than the rest of the cake, which, even if I could be bad, I rarely go for. I went through a frosting stage in middle school. A really, really bad stage. If I haven't admitted it before, I will - I am a sugar addict. Completely, utterly, a sugar fiend. I even have a pin board completely dedicated to sweet treats on Pinterest.

Alas, when this stage is done for my nutrition plan with Nuview Nutrition and I am on maintenance, I will have to just keep it out or.... who am I kidding? I will have to cut it out completely.

Back to the frosting. It looked smooth and tasty as I bit into my apple as everyone ate a piece of chocolate cake. The apple was good.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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