My policy for holidays and special occasions is to enjoy the special foods and time with family and friends, but ONLY eat the items I LOVE (and skip the ones I'm okay about but don't LOVE) - and of course only have reasonable portions. I've learned that I easily feel deprived if I label foods "good" and "bad" - so I'm better of focusing on good nutrition over all, and portion size, without saying "this food is off limits."
Our Jewish holidays don't seem to last as long as the Christmas season - but we start our holidays in September, with the new year celebration of Rosh Hashanah (lots of apple cakes, apples dipped in honey, honey cake, round sweet challah with raisins in it, all so that we wish everyone a sweet year); we move to the day of atonement, Yom Kippur, when we fast (but of course have a feast the night before, to hold you over, and then a light meal to break the fast); then Sukkot, the harvest festival, when we finally feature fruits and vegs, without the sweets.
It goes on like that all year - something each month, all celebrated through food somehow. So I make items lighter with nonfat or lowfat versions, aim to stay in range but still enjoy what I eat, and not make myself feel deprived or crazy.
Of course, this could be why I lost 45 lbs quickly and then haven't lost more in quite a while......... But at least I don't gain during any of the holiday seasons.
"Dance as if no one is watching."
| Pounds lost: 45.0