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Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays

Strategies to Cope with Holiday Eating

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AZURE-SKY

12/6/2013 12:19:02 PM

I've started making "mini" treats. Instead of making a pan of brownies that I can cut any size, I make mini brownies in my mini muffin pans. When I make Christmas cookies (a tradition in my house), I make them smaller than the recipe says to. Nobody even notices!

I'm going to a neighborhood holiday party this week, and instead of making a rich dessert, I'm making decorated cake balls. This gives everyone the opportunity to taste the dessert, instead of eating a whole slice of cake. I do the same thing with appetizers.

RASPBERRY56

12/6/2013 4:20:35 AM

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Remember - if anyone should be offended by your responsible food choices, well, then, isn't it time to rethink that relationship?

BLUEROSE

12/1/2013 11:48:57 PM

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Carrots, maybe...but low calorie dip is never gonna dance in my head.....And the mouse
Ain't ....that's right I said ain't getting nothing for Christmas....ok...perhaps some crumbs!

Great Article!

ULTREYA3211

11/23/2013 1:32:31 PM

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I have a party tonight, Thanksgiving next week and 3 parties the first week in December. Really appreciated these ideas. I also plan to track my foods even if I indulge as I tend to skip that task. I will even log the next day as I don't know what is on the menu.

ACARTER31

11/23/2011 7:15:46 PM

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Use and Ice Cream Scoop to control portions two scoops is about a half of a cup. I cook the Thanksgiving Dinner so there are plenty of veggie's for tomorrow.

SOXYINMO

11/23/2011 7:08:10 AM

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Thank you for reminding people about the cookbooks at the library! We are often a forgotten resource in the fight for a healthier lifestyle!

CATHEITE

12/4/2009 10:42:49 AM

I like Becky's suggestions for developing "a system of attack." The holiday excuse that I use most often is Special Occasion. I also eat more due to stress and nervousness. I've always felt very uncomfortable at social gatherings and rather than make awkward conversation, I reach for something to keep my hands and mouth busy. Having recognized this issue, however, I hope to make a change this year.

ONECOOKIETWO

11/14/2009 12:32:57 PM

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Becky,
This is a great article, full of imaginative ideas, and you are a good writer!

PERENNIALX88

12/25/2008 8:36:41 AM

Skip dessert & deposit a dollar in you box to give to a food bank for poor folks who can't afford bread!

JIBBIE49

12/20/2008 10:14:13 PM

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Great article.

SIMPLYSMALTZY

12/18/2008 11:06:52 AM

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this was a great article!
we are actually having an office party today where everyone brings food and eat ALL DAY!

I opted to not bring a thing though because if i cook sweets i usually end up eating them while im cooking!

i think the tip: how will you feel if you over indulge is great!!

i never think about how i will feel if i eat too much until its too late, and i feel like crap and im mad at myself for sabatoging all my hard work!

MALEFICENT

11/19/2008 1:54:16 PM

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This was a good article. I get caught up with the "I'll get back on track tomorrow" way of thinking----and I'm now remembering that there's ALWAYS a reason to overeat (SuperBowl Party, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.), so I now focus on how I feel when I can slip my jeans on and no struggle to pull them up.

MOLLIESMILES

12/9/2007 6:02:26 PM

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this is some good advice, I much on carrots & celery before I go to a party where I know there will be alot of good food.

CARLI_MAE

12/9/2007 12:48:57 PM

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Great article! One of the things I find when I overindulge on deserts & pastries during the holidays & keep too many "goodies" on hand is that it then becomes a hard-to-break habit for me & I find myself craving desert after dinner every day instead of a more heathy snack of fresh fruit.

SIS293

12/9/2007 9:14:06 AM

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I have this dress that I want to wear for Mother's Day. I have it hanging on the back of my bedroom door. When I am offered extra yummies loaded with fat and calories...I picture that dress. That helps me keep my eye on my mini-goal and makes it much easier to resist. I also ask myself...Is it really worth it? I have worked hard to lose 73 pounds. Do you know how many cardio bootcamp minutes I need to burn off a stupid cookie?!!?

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