With so many goodies around in the house over Christmas, it’s practically impossible to diet, unless you just want to be miserable!
You just can’t avoid the bowls of nuts, crisps/chips, cookies, minced pies and other good things. Then there are the dips, which I guess you can attack semi-healthily with carrots, celery and other raw vegetables, but usually end up dipping into with chips or tortilla chips.
Let’s face it, Christmas and Dieting just don’t go together!
Have a read of this wonderful piece below, which really does sum up how I feel about dieting at Christmas and I am sure you do too.
Dieting Over Christmas
I hate this time of year.
Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it’s the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds.
You can’t pick up a magazine without finding a list of holiday eating do’s and don’ts. Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces and cookies made with butter, they say. Fill up on vegetable sticks, they say.
Good grief! Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick?
I didn’t think so. Isn’t mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph right?
I have my own list of tips for holiday eating.
I assure you, if you follow them, you will be fat and happy.
So what if you don’t make it to New Year’s? Your pants won’t fit anymore, anyway.
- 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 serve rum balls.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Lots of it. Hellloo?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?? Labor Day?
- Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
- 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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