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PUNKYSMOMMY SparkPoints: (33,479)
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12/2/12 4:06 P

save them (and nibble once in a while) until they get stale, then I don't mind throwing it away

JENNN77 SparkPoints: (144,521)
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12/2/12 3:31 P

I've taken things to work or thrown them away.

Luckily my friends and family have mostly listened to me about how important eating healthy is to me, because I get healthy food presents or tiny packages of treats. One of my friends gives cookies, but she gave me a little baggie with 3 cookies last time because she knows I don't deprive myself of a treat, but a whole plate would not be appreciated.

ANARIE Posts: 13,160
12/2/12 2:00 P

The way I see it, if someone doesn't know me well enough to know that I'm careful about what I eat, they probably don't know me well enough to be hurt by (or even to ever find out) what I do with their gift. I regift, give to a charity, or throw it away without worrying about it. If I do get an unhealthy food gift from someone who might find out if I do one of those things, then I tend to leave it on a shelf or in the freezer, and throw it out a few months later when I remember it and realize it has gone bad!

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 10,484
12/2/12 1:40 P

It depends on the gift. Candy and baked goods go to work, where they get eaten real fast. Cheese and meat get added to the food plan in moderation. The "make-it" mixes wait for a snow day when I want to cook.

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
12/2/12 1:34 P

We don't receive any except at a cookie exchange we're having with our homeschool group, so no worries for me.

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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12/2/12 1:13 P

Share them with everyone- at the dinner table on Christmas, in the office kitchen...

CAROLIAN SparkPoints: (107,800)
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12/2/12 10:29 A

If they are tins or boxes of bought candy i use them as raffle prizes in my fundraising events the same with smellies i dont us emoticon

JACKH35 SparkPoints: (26,763)
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12/2/12 9:56 A

Ignore them, offer them to others, then toss them.

J-HANSEN SparkPoints: (17,949)
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12/2/12 9:35 A

I let my kids eat it. Or throw it all away. Or re-gift if it's something like a box of chocolates. :)

RICU1952 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/2/12 6:09 A

Don't really get that many, if any at all. However, I'm careful and don't overindulge.

FITMOM1969 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/2/12 4:00 A

I don't know anyone who give food gifts except for me. emoticon But if for some reason that changed I would share with others.

12/1/12 9:17 A

I don't get any. I'm the one that makes the goodies. I make Keiflies every years and give them away as a christmas gift to family, friends and my great neighbor's. This year I will send some with my husband to his new job. They will make him popular.... lol

MOTOMAMA Posts: 2,010
12/1/12 7:39 A

give it away, let the kids eat it, or toss it.

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (94,733)
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12/1/12 7:37 A

I either take it to work or toss it; but I really love the idea of taking it to a shelter.

SSCOTT331 SparkPoints: (34,258)
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12/1/12 5:40 A

Taking it to work to share

2HAMSDIET Posts: 7,007
12/1/12 5:17 A

Take to share with others or giving away the food bank takes everything.

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
11/30/12 11:40 P

Take to work or throw away

RUKIDDINGME123 SparkPoints: (39,606)
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11/30/12 1:19 P

I usually bring it to work or a family gathering

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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11/30/12 12:54 P

Eat some, freeze some. emoticon

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,609)
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11/30/12 12:50 P

I will eat a few and give the rest to the kids and dh.

NGREGOR SparkPoints: (16,523)
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11/30/12 11:16 A

Good morning folks. Obiesmom has several very popular, very good suggestions. Another is put the food gift in a common area at work. People at work are like vacuums when it comes to food in a common area. That way you can tell the gift giver how delightful the gift was and you were able to share it with othrers who thought the gift wonderful too. It makes everyone involved feel warm and cozy and good inside.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
11/30/12 11:12 A

A homeless person would love them.

I never get food gifts as I am the big baker and cook and everyone knows this. Oh wait, my older sister did before she divorced. I did not like them like all others did she must have used some fake sugar, because I know she bakes like no ones business. I had her baking before but when she used real sugar not some fake stuff. The fake sugar makes stuff taste like bug spray. My other siblings don't notice that but they drink diet sodas and such where I do not.. I give food gifts to the ones who anticipate them because they tell me so. My sister is like me always on diet so I never give her a food gift. My mom along with a personal item such as slippers or a cozy blanket, my son in laws parents, and my husbands coworkers is the ones I do food gifts for. I do a party mid month of December for family to come to and enjoy all my foods that way they can eat as much as they like or as little as they like. I have everything from sweats to veggie trays, and even vegan stuff for my niece who is a vegan eater.

11/30/12 11:09 A

Give them away!! emoticon

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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11/30/12 11:01 A

I like the suggestions from OBIESMOM2 except that I don't have a DH but I do have a DW. emoticon

All joking aside, I know that if they are in the house, they will be eaten. To be blunt, I would much rather receive gift cards to our local store rather than fixed goodies. To be even more blunt, just give us your love and friendship. These are gifts that are timeless and contain ongoing great memories.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,064
11/30/12 10:51 A

I would save it and enjoy it in moderation.

Although I must say, I don't give food gifts. Unless I know that the person likes the item. And then if the person is just an acquaintance and you are not sure if they have food allergies. That stuff is too expensive to be thrown away.

STILLHERE1111 SparkPoints: (5,744)
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11/30/12 10:33 A

This is an emotionally charged issue. First food is associated with "LOVE". The love from the person who thoughtfully made the food, and the guilt if you toss it.

Sweets are just not healthy for anyone--I remember when I was younger being shocked when my boyfriends grandmother gave him a carton of cigarettes for Christmas?

Anyone who is overweight or struggles with their weight doesn't need to be tempted.

What would an alcoholic do if given a bottle of Vodka for Christmas?

I can't even begin to confess how many times over the years giving in to temptation... my eating the whole box of Valentine candy, eating the whole box of peppermint bark, gifts of Christmas cookies and hating myself for my lack of control. How about the Halloween candy? All of it is like "Crack" to me, I need it kept away....but I also acknowledge it is not healthy for others either.

Yes, some people can ration out one piece a day--yet for anyone with health issues, sweets are like cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.

I hope for the day when we as a society don't equate sweets with love. What says love more than hot coco? Warm cookies, or birthday cake? It seems like every time people gather together sweets are offered as a matter of just being hospitable.

If you are struggling with sweets--put yourself first and toss them. Gently remind friends and relatives in advance you are committed to your weight loss and health goals and although you appreciate the thought you can not accept the gift-- so try to prevent the giving of sweets and give them back.

For me personally for the first time in my life I have just made it through two family birthday celebrations and Thanksgiving with no cake, no pie and no sweets. As long as I don't have any I am OK. I miss it like I miss smoking--NOT.
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Ha, we need an emoticon to show "no sweets" like the no smoking one!! emoticon

Edited by: STILLHERE1111 at: 11/30/2012 (10:34)
OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (228,416)
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11/30/12 10:13 A

send to work with DH
give to the office next door (they have lots of employees; ours is a 2 person office)
take to church
give to a retirement home
give to the fire station or police station

BEEPERP Posts: 135
11/30/12 9:40 A

If it is something I want to eat I keep it and enjoy in moderation.

LOSTLIME SparkPoints: (0)
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11/30/12 9:26 A

giving them away to someone less fortunate

ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (26,830)
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11/30/12 9:01 A

Same as always - I've not sworn-off accepting gifts, nor of consuming foods, nor of sharing food with others - even "junk foods".

My greatest change this year is increasing my activity from being extremely sedetary to a level of moderate activity. I still eat and I even eat snacks and sometimes "junk food" in moderation but with increased calorie burning activities.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/30/12 8:53 A

Eating them in moderation. I'm not the only one in this house, and I will work treats that people go out of their way to make or give me into my calories, and have my kids help me get rid of them...slowly. Last year, my cousin and his wife sent us these gourmet nuts that I think they got from their kids' fundraisers. They stuck around until February.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/30/12 8:31 A

last year I threw it away, I plan to do the same this year.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/30/12 8:28 A

I don't normally get this kind of stuff, but you can also look at local soup kitchens-- especially for cookies. They appreciate just about any kind of food donation. Sometimes churches throw holiday parties for the kids and families who need help in the community. Again they would appreciate the gesture.

If you have holiday parties, what is the harm of putting the food out for your guests.

SLENDERELLA61 Posts: 10,070
11/30/12 6:37 A

4 years ago , at the height of my weight loss efforts, I wasn't very gracious at all when my 20 year old niece gave me homemade cookies for Christmas. I've apologized and she now gives me 3 or 4 perfect ones in a lovely box or basket.

When I was working, I'd take such things to my employees and co-workers who always appreciated them. Now that I'm retired I sometimes share with my grandkids and daughter, but they tend to get too many as well. Hubby eats more of that kind of stuff than he should.

LYNN955 Posts: 701
11/30/12 6:09 A

Candy I give away. A lot of teachers like to use in their treasure boxes. Cookies depending on what they are, I can usually ignore. Give to kids sparingly, take to work for someone else to eat, occassionally I do have to eat one.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (72,731)
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11/29/12 10:53 P

Eating some ... trying to share the rest.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/29/12 9:43 P

Unwanted gifts of food and candy at my house are:
1) regifted
2) frozen
3) used as a hostess gift
4) eaten by my husband fairly quickly
5) broken up into single servings, and mixed with my own cookies to use as gifts for others
6) thrown out the door for the bird, racoons, and other animals that frequent our home
7) given to the grandkids if they are visiting
8) given to guys at work who absolutely love them
9) sometimes eaten by myself! ( I have to be honest!)

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,746
11/29/12 9:36 P

I got a box of very healthy candy from my folks last Christmas that's still in my freezer. The year before, I gave regifted to my mother-in-law the same kind of candy. It really is healthy, I just don't feel like it anymore!

Otherwise, I have plenty of neighbors who can't say no!!! emoticon

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (236,449)
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11/29/12 9:33 P

Depends on the food gift, if it's See's certificate, I use it on Valentine's Day. Junky food I give to the single neighbor across the street, she eats anything. If it's something really good, I eat it on the holiday itself, or save for New Year's Eve and day, which are days off for me.

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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11/29/12 8:42 P

What are you folks doing when people give yougifts of candy, food and cookies?

I have told my friends and family this journey is important to me, but for those who never had a problem/issue with their weight, they just can't understand why it's a big deal to give their homemade cookies or give a box of candy for Holidays.

So since I can't change anyone else, and I don't wish to be rude or offensive-especially during the Holidays, I am wondering what does everyone do with those unwanted treats. I hate to waste food.

Right now, I bring it to work, and leave it in a break room where I don't frequent, and tell people: Please enjoy, happy holidays.

What do you do?

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