|Like a bowl full of jelly--right.|
Finger wagging all around.
I try to steer clear of the "diets" on this site--I have tried them all and regained. But I did see a story from Texas Tech on holiday food "myths."
Of course, it started with how the "it's only once a year" rationalization contributed to the obesity epidemic," blah blah.
They said people gain 1-2 pounds between T-Day and C-Day. And they don't lose it---which means 10-20 pounds over 10 years (is this a word problem?).
Myth: It's only once a year. Texas Tech nutritional science gurus say oh--but it isn't once a year anymore--we binge all the time. And at the holidays--this can be a month or more of bingeing.
Myth: Splurging on high-fat foods is always a bad idea. Wrong! It can be OK if you eat small portions. Pick a special treat and stick with that, they say. No seconds.
Myth: If the host puts the food away too soon, people will eat more of it. You can't eat what isn't there,.
Myth: The end of November is a good time to start a diet. Sure--want to fail, go ahead.
Myth: Liquid calories don't count. Oh, they count and they add up, our Texas gurus tell us. Have a favorite drink, then switch to water. Water, got it.
Myth: Skipping meals will allow for party time. Well, we know this one isn't true.
Myth: You can't have fun without gaining weight. They say potluck is fun--and bring a healthy dish like fruit salad. Make everything look beautiful--people will eat it.
They also said something about making unhealthy treats healthier--using low-fat dairy, whole wheat flour instead of white, reduced sugar--I sort of zoned out...
I suppose the no seconds thing could help. What about it, Santa, you eat millions of cookies.