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Hmmmmmmm this may be a different answer then one you would expect from a dietitian.....but NO!!!!! When I bake....pumpkin bread, Red velvet or carrot cake I do not twik it to.....decrease the fat/sugar....I empasize frequency and portion control. If you do that truly all foods can fit!!!!!!!! Okay....it is game time Auburn vs Northwestern......Waaaaaaaaar Eagle!!!!!!
For me, it depends on the dish. There are some things that just have to be made the traditional way-- you can't "healthify" pecan pie, for example. But there are other things my family eats that are fatty for no good reason. My mom makes a sweet potato "souffle" that has something like 3/4 pound of butter. One year I made it and left out the butter, and it was just as good. In a lot of dishes, you can use reduced-fat sour cream or cream cheese, and/or leave out 1/3 of the sugar, and no one will ever even notice.
I actually usually do fairly well up through Christmas. The most traditional foods in my family aren't terribly bad, and even though there's lots of junk around the house, I can tell myself, "Don't eat those cookies now; there won't be enough left for Christmas Day" (even though our cookie display on Christmas Day would feed most of Cleveland.)
My danger zone is New Year. I'm not really sure why, but it seems we have much more absolute JUNK food, like chips and salamis and other cr*p that I don't eat the rest of the year, and also we're trying to get rid of all the leftover Christmas sweets. (Don't know why we don't just ship them to Cleveland!)
I think this year I'm going to:
a) package up most of the leftover cookies on Dec 26 and put them in my parents' freezer-- they'll enjoy them a lot more in March or June-- and
b) talk everybody into a healthier New Year meal. We don't have a tradition, so we usually end up either with some mish-mash of junk or with a re-run of Christmas dinner. I'm going to propose soup and salad. I make a killer lentil soup, great for a cold day, and a baked potato soup that no one can believe is low-fat. (I made them for a book club meeting last week, and the ladies loved it.)
I have to admit I'm concerned about what this holiday is going to do to my weight. I'm already going into it about 10 pounds higher than I want to be; if I gain 5, I'll be fat again.
Christmas dinner is the one meal where I probably eat a tad more than I really should. It's the only time of year when I can eat a slice of riccota pie. One slice has slightly fewer (just barely) than regular cheesecake. My family only makes it at this time of year. So, if I don't eat my piece this year, I won't get another chance until next year ! So, I am totally looking forward to that piece of pie.
Of course, my family doesn't just have riccota pie. there will be homemade cookies, cupcakes, pies, etc... And well, I'll want to try it all, in small portions, of course. lol ! Of course, that doesn't include the amazing dinner they'll cook too.
I'll admit it. One year, I made myself sick with all the food I ate. but, I figure, it's Christmas and I eat well for most of the year. So, if I go overboard on the holiday, the damage isn't that bad.
In the past I have, now not so much. It just doesn't taste as good (esp. the baked goods) and I figure, it's once a year for some of the food items, why not make them right and enjoy them. I have found that substituting for fat content is very do-able and most times people don't notice; sugar substitutes however don't work as well.
If I don't gain over Christmas, I will be happy!
"It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (JKR/Dumbledore)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Just depends on my mood.
And yes... I'm still around (more of me, less often - lol)
Having a bit of trouble keeping up with email, online stuff, etc. Daughter just bought her first house and she's keeping me busy. (among other things)
"All things can be done for the one who believes." Mark 9:23
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” --Will Rogers
If I cook, it tends to be vegan, which may have just as many calories, but is generally a little healthier, i.e. less saturated fat, no cholesterol, etc. That said, if I go to a party, as long as it's vegetarian, I'll eat it, even if it includes dairy.
So diet-wise, I just try to maintain through the holidays. I'm already up a couple of pounds from my husband's birthday cruise in November, so I really have to watch it.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon
I don't do anything special. I just try to stay within my daily calories, but I do end up splurging a bit for this month. When I go to parties, I eat too much, but it tends to balance out at the end of the week.
My goal for the holidays is to maintain. I don't worry about losing any, just stay even.
For the last 4 years, this has worked pretty well for me.
"Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
- Ann Landers
If so, how?
Or do you just close your eyes for the month and figure you'll start anew in January?
Personally, I don't do much by way of the celebration circuit anymore so I can save myself a lot of temptation. Otherwise I used try to hold out for my favourites so I could indulge. I'd hold my own pretty well till the last few days of the year and then it'd get ugly!