I have always enjoyed having sweets and such around my house at Christmas time. (A memory from childhood.)
My coffee table has a bowl of Hershey kisses mixed with Holiday M&M's. My kitchen has cookies brought down from the neighbor, as well as the several dozen I have made up myself. I have a dishes of rock candy, (my specialty) placed in places where there are no kisses or M&M's.I have a dish full of mixed nuts, still in the shell, with the nutcrackers and picks. I have breads and fudge recipes soon to be made up, to add to my Holiday stash. Why one person needs all this in her little house is beside the point. ;)
All this leads me to the question, am I the only one who gains a few pounds thru the Holidays? As I go for my second helping, I throw caution out the window, with the ever popular "I'll diet on New Years Day." ;D That day comes and goes, and I soon forget the promise I made to myself.
I have a metabolism that slowed down when I hit 30, and died completely when I hit 40. I just say the word chocolate, and I've gained a pound. ::)
Are you a careful eater at the Holidays, or are you like me and throw caution to the wind, and worry about it later? After all, it only comes once a year.
Holiday Weight Gain....
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HOLIDAY DIET TIPS
1 - If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
2 - If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out.
3 - When eating with someone else, calories don't count if you both eat the same amount.
4 - Foods used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes any chocolate used for energy, brandy, Sara Lee Cheesecake (eaten whole), and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream.
5 - Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one's personal fuel. This includes Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.
6 - Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage.
7 - If you eat the food off someone else's plate, it doesn't count.
8 - If you eat standing up the calories all go to your feet and get walked off.
9 - Food eaten at Christmas parties has no calories, courtesy of Santa.
10 - STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backward.
Eat, Drink and be Merry....
I have my own list of tips for holiday eating. I assure you, if you follow them, you'll be fat and happy. So what if you don't make it to New Year's?
Your pants won't fit anymore, anyway.
1. About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. 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 eggnogaholic or something. it's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.
Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why 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. Hello? Remember College?
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 at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes.
You can't leave them behind. You're not going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Coconut Cream. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like coconut cream, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards, mate.
10. And one final tip: 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! Cookieless January is just around the corner
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