Yes, Columbia, Christmas is once again almost here.
The parties, the office luncheons, the big to-do at the church, Christmas Eve dinner — a lot of our holiday seems to revolve around food.
Many of the articles splashed across the Internet in the past few weeks have been all about how to enjoy your holiday without blowing your diet.
“Reach for the carrots and celery”, they say, “so you won’t want the chips”.
“Nibble that cookie, instead of gobbling down six.”
“Eat something healthy before you go to the party — that way you won’t be tempted.”
I daresay it is all good advice, but none of that really works for me — and probably doesn’t work for half of you.
For me, enjoying the special foods and treats presented at Christmas is all part of my holiday experience. If you’ve read any of my Lexington County Arts and Crafts articles, you will understand that baking is for me all part of the enjoyment.
So how do I reconcile all the unhealthy treats with my normal diet?
Simple — I don’t.
I plan to enjoy my holiday to the fullest, and partake of whatever strikes my fancy — all without feeling guilty.
Know why? Because I only do this once a year.
Once the holidays are over, I go back to my normal, healthy routine.
If I over-bake treats and have some left, I just pop them into the freezer and bring them out later in the year when some other eating function arises.
Enjoy your Christmas holiday to the fullest. Enjoy baking — and eating some of what you’ve baked.
When January rolls around, the treats will be gone and we will all get back on track.
Merry Christmas, Columbia!
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