I never understood the holiday weight gain until I spent a week around Christmas with a friend - there were cookies, cakes, pies, candies everywhere! Growing up Jewish, we had one night of potato latkes, and that was it.
So I go with the reasonable splurge route:
My policy for Thanksgiving - eat my favorite items (turkey, cranberry, stuffing, vegs that aren't in a casserole, and fruit pie) and skip absolutely everything else. I see no point in eating foods I don't LOVE. And reasonable portions of my fave items are enough for a reasonable dinner.
Chanukah - host a big party, make a ton of DH and my favorite foods (latkes, sour cream coffee cake, noodle kugel) - and send most of the leftovers home with our friends, saving one or two portions for us.
New Year's Eve - one or two glasses of champagne, and that's about it.
This year, though, we'll be in Bali for Nov/Dec, so probably will just have a nice meal and light our Chanukah menorah. Not sure where we'll be for NYE, maybe Singapore. We just want great fireworks!
"Dance as if no one is watching."
| Pounds lost: 45.0