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LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,924
10/18/13 2:25 P

I eat whatever and however much I want on the actual holidays (Thanksgiving day and Christmas day), but I don't make it a season of overeating.

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (7,047)
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10/18/13 11:05 A

I know that if I keep up my exercise routine, I will do OK with the food. When I work out, I don't want to "spoil" my efforts by making poor food choices. That said, I expect to indulge a bit on things I only get once or twice a year, like cranberry bread and Christmas cookies. Deprivation is the devil for me. It always leads to extended periods of bad eating.

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (31,696)
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10/18/13 10:34 A

I agree with the other posters and try to do the same. I enjoy the DAY not the month leading up to the day and I don't overindulge. there are special things that I look forward to (my aunt makes an AWESOMe homemade cheesecake on New Years) so I allow myself those but not the packaged stuff that you can eat anytime. Moderation is also key, I love the cheesecake but I don't eat 5 pieces, I eat one piece and savor etch and every bite.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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10/18/13 10:16 A

My goal during the holiday season is to maintain my weight, not to gain a pound and then start again in earnest after the holidays are over. I do that by not eating anything I would not usually eat, just the special things that are special to the day. Eg. dark meat of the turkey

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,689)
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10/18/13 8:46 A

I agree that you should eat the homemade goodies and skip the seasonal packaged stuff. But, limit your portions. If you select something caloric, take the time to sit down and savor it. You also don't have to eat the whole thing. Take a bite-sized sliver of that pumpkin pie rather than a full slice. Take a tablespoon of grandma's candied yams at Thanksgiving.

Also, if you go to events and parties, bring a healthy dish to share. People will appreciate it and it will help you stay on track.

ANARIE Posts: 12,432
10/18/13 1:54 A

Just remember it's a holiDAY, not a holiMONTH.

On Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, eat the things that are special and unique to that day. But chips, dinner rolls, packaged cookies? If you wouldn't eat those things on a normal day, why mess up a special day with them? Save those days for things you can't get the rest of the year. (And no, the Hershey's Kisses in the pretty autumn colored wrappers are NOT special Thanksgiving treats! Unless you're under the age of six, they taste exactly the same as the regular ones.)

LILAFLOWER912 SparkPoints: (5,640)
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10/18/13 12:29 A

Hi everyone! I am back on Sparkpeople after taking a break for a bit. I know that the holidays are fast approaching and that it isn't the optimal time to begin a weight loss journey, but again, when IS the perfect time?lol!

I was just curious about some of your strategies to keep on track during the holidays when treats and food seem to be EVERYWHERE,lol!

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