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Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays

Strategies to Cope with Holiday Eating


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  • You are stronger than you think you are.
  • Thanks for this! I DID bring & ate my raw veggies & onion dip I made with non fat Greek yogurt! Yummy, but 3 cookies AND seconds for dinner. I NEVER do that! I even ate before we went, a lovely fat free salad, with chicken breast & egg whites. STILL too much food. Today is MUCH more controlled, no party today!
  • With Christmas approaching, this is a very useful article! I'm known to have fooled myself with all of these excuses... But this year I'm serious about losing weight so I know better, and I have an attack plan! I like your "If it's half-it, I can have it" motto and I'll remember it all through the holiday season!
    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.
  • Remember - if anyone should be offended by your responsible food choices, well, then, isn't it time to rethink that relationship?
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for reminding people about the cookbooks at the library! We are often a forgotten resource in the fight for a healthier lifestyle!
    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.
  • Becky,
    This is a great article, full of imaginative ideas, and you are a good writer!
    Skip dessert & deposit a dollar in you box to give to a food bank for poor folks who can't afford bread!
  • 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!
  • 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.

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