If they are truly favorites then I will enjoy them in moderation. If not, then I skip. Of course, some days moderation means something different than other days...For example, Thanksgiving I will enjoy pie - usually several slivers of every kind! But then I go home, and that's it.
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2,615 10/5/11 2:23 P
fudge flan cheesecake cookies
have a small piece of each so not to feel deprived
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9/26/11 5:20 P
I do avoid candies and fruit cake (I love fruit cake made from my Mom's receipe). I have over the years remade some of the receipes using no fat or less fat and replacing it with applesauce or pumpkin or such and using Splenda to replace most or all the sugar. If at a party and everything looks so good - I try to eat one or two items and fill in with veggies and drink water.
That is one reason why I'm working out so hard now is to prepare for the holiday food. I love homemade cookies and pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake and my favorite is pecan pie. Oooh and I love peach cobbler. Hopefully I can lose 8pounds by dec that way if I gain 2 then I'll still be ahead :)
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1,466 9/26/11 2:25 P
I don't deprive myself of the holiday treats. I normally do a day in December of all day cookies. I may eat one of each, just to make sure there edible but thats it. I'm glad I don't have to much of an issue with the holiday foods. If I must have something, I just re-create it to make it more healthy. I love the big meals, but I am so thankful I am not a cream or gravy person. I like my veggies and turkey plain.
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6,094 9/26/11 9:36 A
I enjoy certain seasonal foods for that time of year which I've come to associate with the holidays - pumpkin, honeycrisp apples, cranberries (which I like sweetened...and with a little orange juice...makes like a whole-fruit sorbet), sweet potatoes (but just plain, with butter substitute and cinnamon), and Brussels sprouts-on-their-stalk, to mention a few.
As for the fudge, cookies, and litany of more calorie- and fat-dense holiday treats, yep, I have those, too! But I set aside two days in November and two more in December and reserve treat-eating for those occasions.
I never feel deprived this way.
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9/26/11 9:32 A
I've always enjoyed all the veggies of the holiday season: sweet potatoes, squashes like butternut and acorn,and green beans. My family has always prepared these without fat or sugars added so I like them that way. Maybe topped with a little cracked pepper. Honestly I'd have to say sweet potatoes are my favorite holiday food. I do love apple and pumpkin pies but by the time dessert comes around I'm often not that hungry so I don't feel deprived only having a small sliver. Luckily I've never been a big fan of bread so I often skip the rolls. I also don't like gravy or dark meat turkey. And those candied sweet potatoes with the marshmellows on top...no thank you!!
My holiday guilty pleasure?? Cranberry sauce in a can. It's tart and sweet and more like jelly than an actual food...luckily it's too tart/sweet to eat much of it at a time!
9/26/11 8:58 A
I agree that there's no favorite I need to avoid entirely. I very rarely eat any sugar or grain but I still find ways to enjoy my favorites. I just rework them so they are in line with the way I eat.
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