It’s so easy to go overboard, dietarily-speaking, during the holidays, even if you are the type of person who tries to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. The little dietary rules that you try to live by on a day-to-day basis–drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, try to avoid the sweets and fattening stuff as much as possible–are relaxed, bit by bit.
For me, I think it starts on Halloween, when I allow myself the indulgence of a few tiny Snickers bars (they are so tiny) and then maybe a few Whoppers (they’re mostly air, right?) and then comes Thanksgiving with the national mandate, practically, to overeat as we celebrate the blessings of living in this country, and then the several-weeks’-worth feast that is Christmastime at our house. Homemade pies! Homemade Christmas candies! Chex mix! Pretzels dipped in almond bark! Dad’s homemade pfeffernusse, and more, and more, and more! Now we’re looking at celebrating New Year’s Eve (that means hot cheese fondue at our house, and fireworks in the snow!) and we’re five pounds heavier and feeling a little blue about it.
But there are ways to avoid that typical five-pound weight gain, and in our third podcast, my sisters Anne, Mollie and I discuss healthy eating through the holidays. At least that was our intention . . . I think we followed a rabbit trail or two . . . but we touched on it. I think we did.
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