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An Alternate Holiday Eating Guide

An Alternate Holiday Eating GuideMy colleague Science-Mom wrote her Holiday feasting and healthy eating article just a few days ago.  I remember writing my own healthy eating guideline in my blog a few years ago.  A thoughtful friend sent me a humorous rebuttal to healthy eating, an anecdote to my post.  Here’s some of the funny bits:

“If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.”

(Read more of the tips here.)

So am I really telling you to eat unhealthily?  Well. Yes.

I tried dieting during the holidays once and that was enough for me.  It’s hard to be cheery when you’re cranky from being hungry.  Or cranky from passing on your favorite dish of pot roast and potatoes.  Or cranky from people once again asking you “are you sure you don’t want some of this?”, while they lick the gooey residue of the said dish’s sweet goodness from their fingers.  Save everyone from a potentially violent reaction from you, and take a piece.

But that’s the key. A piece, a morsel, a bite, a slice.  You can and should eat the Christmas feast you stumble upon at your Christmas party.  It’s only right…It’s the HOLIDAYS!  But don’t gorge on a whole mound of mashed potatoes with a pool of gravy in the middle (despite what I quoted earlier).  You’ll probably feel sick to your stomach, anyway.  And then nobody will be inviting you to next year’s party.

Besides, if you’re a reasonably healthy eater the rest of the year, this season’s goodies probably won’t add a frightful amount of pounds to your weight.  Nothing that the quick follow-up of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight won’t cure anyway.  If you know you eat terribly the rest of the year, this season probably isn’t the best time to embark on a diet.

So gather around the fire and enjoy the hot cocoa and s’mores you roast with the kids.  Bake cookies and eat your share, then give the rest away to family and friends.  Toast with an eggnog.  Have some ham.  These are the things you and your family will look back fondly on in the years to come.  Do you really want to remember this season in the future as that holiday you didn’t get to eat anything with butter in it?  So eat anything with butter in it; but pace yourself.  There’s more to come.

As my favorite line of that alternate holiday eating tips I got in an email says:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ;WOO HOO what a ride!”

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