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Around the holidays, we all tend to eat too much, and then suffer the consequences.
Either our waistline grows a few inches and we strive to get it back in shape, or we continue to beat ourselves up for putting on a few pounds enjoying holiday eating and sink into a mild depression over it.
Well, here’s some advice from someone who’s been there, done that. Don’t be so concerned about calories when preparing (or eating) your favorite holiday treats!
The good news: Maybe you don’t need to restrict yourself from the foods you love most after all…
Get Ready To Giggle
I want you to enjoy these tips — some you may know, some you might be seeing for the first time — either way, now’s not the time to eat (don’t want you to gag while laughing like I did!).
See why gravy, eggnog, frosted cookies, and pies are tops (and should therefore be gobbled up accordingly)…
And why you should steer clear of things like carrots, mashed potatoes, fruitcake, and exercise. Yes, you read that correctly!
Top 10 Ways To Eat Smart This Holiday Season
#1 – Avoid carrot sticks.
Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
#2 – Drink as much eggnog as you can.
And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s nearly Christmas!
#3 – If something comes with gravy, use it.
That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
#4 – Ask about the mashed potatoes.
Ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim milk, don’t bother. It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
#5 – Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating.
The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it.
#6 – Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s.
You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
#7 – If you come across something really good (homebaked Santa cookie perhaps?) at a buffet table stop there (before moving on!)
If you like those Santa cookies — position yourself near it and don’t budge. Have as many frosted Santa cookies as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
#8 – Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each.
Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have 3. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
Granted, fruitcake is loaded with the mandatory celebrators calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
#10 – Do your best to feel so full you feel awful.
If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.
Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.
Remember this motto to live by:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO HOO what a ride!’ Source
Even More Holiday Eating Tips
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some additional resources to help you eat smart this holiday season:
- Things Nutritionists Say To Stay Away From At Holiday Parties
- 9 Healthy Holiday Eating Tricks That Work
- What To Know When You’re Going To A Restaurant At Thanksgiving
- 10 Ways To Write Your New Year’s Resolutions & Monitor Them
- How Skinny Women Navigate Holiday Buffets
- Don’t Make These 3 Holiday Buffet Mistakes
I’m a health nut, a frugal mom, a dog lover, a DIYer, and a gadget girl. Personally, as a post-divorce, working single mom on a budget I have a lot of experiences that I enjoy sharing so others can learn from the things I wish I knew earlier! Professionally, I’ve worked full-time in a variety of marketing, sales, and editing jobs. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as Managing Editor at The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).