Tips on Holiday Eating, or what Not to Avoid at the Table!
December 15, 2008 10:32am CST
Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas Spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. Drink as much eggnog as you can. It's rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip. Enjoy it! Have one for me. It's later than you think. It's Christmas! 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~ As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day? Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards! One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by! "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, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO!! What a ride!" Have a great holiday season!!!
18 Dec 08
I've been following your advice already. The other day I made 32 rum balls. Two days later they were gone. I ate the lot. I didn't share them or spread them out, I pigged out on them for breakfast lunch and dinner and enjoyed every morsel. I only have them at Christmas and in past years when I was too poor for rum balls I didn't have them. I'm making up for lost time. I'll be making another batch early next week.
18 Dec 08
Sounds just Heavenly, but I'd drink the rum and throw the balls away. Actually I'm not a drinker, but I do enjoy a salt-rimmed Margarita occasionally. I'm so happy that your situation has improved to the place where you now can enjoy your Favorite Christmas treats. Have a very Merry Christmas! ( and a Sloppy New Year.)
15 Dec 08
I'm all for WOO HOO! What a ride! I love chocolate, I love pumpkin pie and lemon merange. But mincemeat pie and fruit cake are out. Don't like em! If I am invited over for holiday goodies, I eat em! To my hearts content. Yep. That's what they are there for. I rant and rave about how good they are and when I eat lots, they seem pleased. So all is good, eh? And I don't drink Eggnog, I make homemade Bailey's from scratch, and drink and give some as a gift to my friends. It is more of a hit than the Eggnog ever was. In fact, most people count on me giving them one so they have it to serve to their guests.
16 Dec 08
Hi Annie~ This Canadian never turns down a Ride either. Chocolate, chocolate, Bitter Chocolate, and Pie.... I'm looking for a Mince-meat Pie here in the Rio Grande Valley. Latinos, are not into Pie, they love Jalapeño peppers and everything Hot. Eggnog is too rich for me, but this time I'll go with the Mexican taste and drink salt rimmed Margaritas.
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23 Dec 08
I love this discussion! I always make a pig of myself for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I feel what you are saying, this is the time to enjoy yourself, not worry about how many pounds you will put on with these wonderful goodies. A few extra never hurt anyway, that is just one more resolution that you can put on the list for New Year's. If people would watch what they were eating, and do the fattening stuff in moderation during the rest of the year, then these big meals wouldn't be a problem!