Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yesterday's blog was about how much I love Halloween. And it's true, I do.
But I also have some mixed feelings. Autumn begins the "Evil Season" - the stores put out Halloween candy starting in September (sometimes even in August!). I love the seasonal candy. There's something about the bright colors and sugar rush of candy corn that is just so attractive.
And, I can pass up the chocolates in the store, but it's hard when people bring the little "fun-sized" candy bars. There they are, just sitting in a bowl on the counter, calling and calling to me ...
We cruise past the candy, staying as strong as we can. Coming down from the sugar high, we enter the "Month of Eating" - it's really a little over a month - from just before Thanksgiving until after New Years. Food, food, food. And a lot of it is comfort food. Our favorite creamy veggie dishes (creamed green beans with fried onion rings, squash casserole, creamed spinach, etc), even the fresh veggies are served with creamy dips. Cheese platters. Nuts. groan
Where I work, we have pot lucks for the holidays - tons of fabulous specialty dishes, sausage pinon rice dressing (one of the docs makes it by request every year - yum), sweet potato casserole (and it's always the brown sugar with marshmallow one), desserts, desserts, desserts.
Thanksgiving slides right into Christmas season. More candy! More desserts! More turkey and ham!
I have to concentrate on the meats (plain turkey without gravy or dressing, a sliver of ham), fresh veggies without the dip, salads... Maybe just a small (SMALL!) spoonful of the wonderful high cal-high fat side dishes. A sliver of one pie OR cake OR brownie. Write it down in the nutrition tracker - increase exercise as much as possible in the colder weather (hope it hasn't gotten snowy and icey on the sidewalks) Writeit down in the exercise tracker.
Yep - it's a love/hate relationship I've got with autumn and winter. But, I survived last year and lost weight, and I'll do it again, by golly!
Go, Spark People!