Holiday Food Police Are Back

Hi everyone. It’s that time of year when “experts” (also known as holiday food police) are telling us what to eat and not to eat. It can be overwhelming. I thought it appropriate to share a humorous article, author unknown, to bring some levity to the situation.

I am a firm believer in moderation. With that being said…Here goes…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and ENJOY!

“I dislike certain aspects of this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it’s the season when the holiday food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds.

Here are some suggestions to take to heart:

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 then 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. Use enough of it to have the gravy flowing like lava out of any active volcano. 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 peoples food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Years, 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, do this: 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. 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 ?

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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Here’s a personal note of mine (Booktoots)….remember to bring a pair of stretch pants with you to any celebration. They will likely come in very handy!

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An Easy Way to Avoid Overeating

I posted this to my healthy living blog, but wanted to include it here since it’s just as applicable…

The holiday season brings with it so many different foods that only come out this time of year. It’s the only time of the year that star or Christmas tree-shaped sugar cookies abound, for instance. And, let’s not forget everyone’s favorite, fruitcake. 🙂 For myself, it’s the only time of year I consume gravy and stuffing. Everyone is different, but overeating during this time commonly occurs for many people. The less you eat the less weight you put on your joints and tkr, too. What’s a good way to avoid this? Here’s my suggestion…

Use a smaller plate. Have you noticed how dinner plates have dramatically increased in size lately? It seems to have simultaneously occurred with the increased obesity epidemic and larger serving portions. Go figure. Dinner plates used to average 8” width, now they can be as big as 12” Yikes. The sight of these larger plates is just not pleasant, in my opinion. It’s just so much food. Way too much food.

If you don’t have any smaller plates in your cupboard, go to your thrift store. Past generations commonly used dinner plates that were 8” diameter. And, these items abound in thrift stores due to families donating estates. You can get an entire 8-place serving set for $20. If you look around, you may find a better deal.

You may also want to use dessert or salad plates as your main serving plate. This will decrease your portion sizes even smaller. Filling your smaller plates up with food fools your mind into thinking you’re eating a lot of food.

Give these suggestions a try. You will like it. Enjoy!

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Holiday Eating Humor To Ease the Pain

The holiday season is upon us (in the U.S., anyways) and I’d like to pass along an article about holiday eating that should bring a few chuckles. Humor helps ease the pain while recuperating from a total knee replacement (that’s for the search engines…:) ). Enjoy…

Thou Shalt Not Steal Flavors from the Holidays!
Reprinted from USA Today by Craig Wilson

I hate this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism or 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 ten 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 memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I don’t think so. Isn’t mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph. 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.
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 the year but now. So drink up! It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an egg-nogaholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me, too. 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 are 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 ten 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. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two slices of apple and one of 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 these tips. Start over. But hurry!

Cookieless January is just around the corner.