Funny though, as the days rolled along it occurred to me that although I was resisting one piece of the New Year re-set I was fully participating in the fast of the season. I realized that I not only enjoy the feast and fast cycles of the year, my health relies on them. *Note: I use the term "fast" pretty loosely here to mean times of increased simplicity, discipline, and focus (tempering the times of increased "stay-out-until-1-am AND WOULD YOU PLEASE PASS THE EGGNOG NOW!!!!" opulence).
I enjoy challenging my cravings....testing to see what foods actually nourish me and what's become a crutch, contemplating deep nutritional controversies like: are there ways to consume eggs and nutmeg that do not include rum?
As with the feast, there are many health benefits to the fast. The physical benefits quickly become soul-fueling as I find more time to get back into my body through exercise, simple nourishing foods, one-on-one time with friends, regular meditation and massage.
How do you use the rhythms of the year to keep yourself healthy?