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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Eating Tips: The Silly and the Serious



About this time every year, I post these fun Holiday Eating Tips given to me by the friend of a friend; however, this year, I’ve added some real eating tips at the bottom from my friend Michele. Michele spent years fighting food issues and the weight problems that came with them. After countless failed attempts to lose weight (we’ve all been there!), she turned her weight and health over to God. Since then, she’s lost an amazing amount of weight healthily and now runs 5K races regularly. You can follow her journey at More of Jesus, Less of Michele. For now, you can enjoy a little sillyness followed by a lot of good sense!

Fun Holiday Eating Tips

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. It's rare. You cannot 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 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. 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?

 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. 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 do not like mincemeat, have two apple 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.

10. 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. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.



Now for Some Real Tips

Here are some tips I’ve found helpful when big family meals roll around. 

Pray. Ask God to help you exercise the self-control that as a born-again believer you already have to honor Him with ALL of your choices including why, how much, and what you eat. He’s just waiting to answer that prayer!

Be picky about what you eat. If someone always brings potato salad from Sam’s Club to your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, skip it. You can have that any day of the year. If Aunt Betty always brings her famous homemade _____________, have some! Enjoy it! Ask for the recipe. But have just one small helping of it. 

Pace yourself. You don’t have to have dessert immediately after your meal. Wait a few hours until you’re hungry again. You’ll enjoy it more and that will make it easier to eat less of it. You don’t have to eat dessert at all. Nothing looks good? Skip it. 

Savor the food you eat. You can taste only what’s in your mouth. Once you swallow a bite of food, you can’t taste it anymore. It’s gone forever from your taste buds. Concentrate on the taste and texture of the food as you eat slowly and you’ll find that you eat less while enjoying it more. 

Food does not equal love. Stuffing yourself with food doesn’t show gratitude for what you have. It shows greed. 

Take a walk before you eat and after your food has digested. If you don’t normally exercise at all, go for one mile. You can do that in about 20 minutes. If you do normally exercise, do a little bit more that day. You’ll get some much-needed exercise in and make the day less about food, which is not the purpose of it anyway. 

Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have (or don’t have as in the case of illness), not about stuffing ourselves with everything on the table. Are you thankful for the clothes in your closet? Good, but you don’t wear them all at once, do you? You wear just what you need for the occasion. Transfer that thinking to food. 

Thanks for stopping by! And thank you, Michele, for sharing these wonderful tips that reminds us all that we can enjoy the holiday foods, but moderation is the key! Be choosy! It's okay.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

3 comments:

  1. Found you through my aunt.... LOVE THIS POST!!!!!

    ~Jenn
    http://findingmysunshineinlife.blogspot.com/

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  2. lol those tips are great! exactly what we 'want' to hear.
    See what I'm up to at: http://kshippee.blogspot.com/

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  3. You are hysterical! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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