December 11, 2015

Who cares about the healthy holiday trend? Not this girl!

Each year come October and November, magazines, news outlets, and websites are flooded with the same old headlines...
"Stay fit this holiday season"
"Don't gain an ounce this Christmas"
"Beat the holiday gain"
Etc. Etc. Etc.


A quick Google search yielded endless articles on healthy eating, avoiding holiday weight gain, etc.

























Well I'm here to tell you that I couldn't give a rat's behind about this challenge. You see, I LOVE holiday indulgences. I live for them. Mom's coffee cake that's 90% sugar and butter? I'll take a second slice. The bread bowl at our annual Christmas dinner? Why yes, that sounds delicious. A giant piece of chocolate cake after dinner? Yes, please. Ooh, those peppermint Oreos look yummy! *adds them to shopping cart*

For most of the calendar year, I stay diligent with healthy eating. I am conscious of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, focusing on low-fat dairy, and doing dessert in moderation. I look at the holidays as a 10% deal. In other words, 10% of the year, amazing treats are offered. When I go to a party, people are putting out their best dishes. I want to enjoy them! And no, I don't want to eat a giant lettuce salad before a Christmas party. I want to gorge myself on buffalo chicken dip and ham biscuits and cookies and Christmas punch. In the morning, I'll go workout and drink some water and eat some Greek yogurt. But at that party, I'm going to enjoy myself!

As someone who loves food, I love holiday food even more so I let myself enjoy it. I stay active throughout the holidays and balance our other meals so it's not a complete festival of slovenly pig-like behavior but it's not my major stress at the holidays. But quite simply, not gaining an ounce from Thanksgiving to New Years isn't my number one priority. My priority is connecting with friends and family,and finding joy throughout this season.

What are your feelings about "healthy" holidays? Love it? Hate it? Wanna join me in my buffalo chicken dip obsession? Come on by tonight, I'll be serving it at our Christmas party...but yea I kind of lightened it up a bit with Greek yogurt...
{Christine}

25 comments:

  1. Ha,I couldn't care less about articles like that either! Christmas comes one time a year and sometimes that's the only time we get these festive treats! Enjoy! -M

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    1. Same here! I live for holiday treats! :)

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  2. I agree with you. In addition, I do not care for super healthy dessert recipes. Sometimes you just need a real dessert and the holidays are one of those times. I don't want fat free, sugar free, or brownies made with black beans- I want full fat ice cream and a legit brownie or piece of cake!

    It's a time for tradition and sometimes that means you might not make the healthiest choice. It all balances out! We stay on track most of the year and train hard, there's no use to be so "healthy" that you miss out on enjoying the holidays with family and friends.

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    1. Oh goodness those healthy/sugar-free desserts are the WORST! Just have it less and enjoy the real thing. I have a rabid sweet tooth so I get the idea that maybe it would help to cut back but I hate the taste of all the artificial sweeteners.

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  3. Yep, I agree that there's definitely room for indulgences at times. I do try to make sure that I try to save it for things that are really delicious and worth it though. We have a lot of sweets around our office this time of year but most of them are pretty mediocre. I try to avoid them because I'd only be eating them because they're there and not really because they're especially good.

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    1. Oh yea the office treats can be pretty lame. I definitely was very choosy when I grabbed something at work...either candy or a decent baked good. I'll never forget that a fruitcake was GONE by 9:45 AM at my old office. Seriously?! Who eats that??

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  4. YES! I freaking HATE all of this "holiday weight gain so scary YOU NEED HELP" nonsense. It's too much pressure and besides, how do they know what I do or don't need nutritionally? It's all far too trigger-y for me. I wholeheartedly endorse all your statements!

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    1. I just don't like feeling like I'm supposed to be on some diet at the holidays. I'll indulge and get it under control in January.

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  5. I love this approach :) You're right - this time only comes once a year.

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  6. I am right there with you, girl!!! About those Peppermint Oreos...I'm on my second bag!! LOL

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    1. THEY ARE SOOOO GOOD! I'm trying to figure out how I can bake with them so I have an excuse to buy another bag. P.S. Adam never even saw that they were in the house...I hid them well and they were gone quite quickly!

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  7. I love your approach. I believe in everything in moderation

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  8. What I hate are all the Facebook posts I see the day after a holiday where people are all claiming to be starting a "cleanse" because they indulged over the holiday. I mean, forget the fact that cleanses are scams, the idea of punishing yourself for enjoying the holiday reeks of an unhealthy relationship with food.

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    1. Yes totally. And um a cleanse during the holidays? No thank you! ;)

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  9. I'm with you. I hate those articles, in fact, I don't even read anything like that! I like to enjoy my holidays!

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    1. I used to read them but honestly they're the same every year and I just don't care!

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  10. I agree with you! I work out and eat healthy and then dont feel bad when I am on vacation and the holidays. I am still mindful of my eating (not just eating to eat, really enjoying my food) but I dont believe in restriction

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    1. Food is one of my love languages so I enjoy all of the holiday special treats. I have a similar approach...enjoy the treats while it's a special occasion but be mindful of the indulgences during the other times.

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  11. I'm in agreement too! Relax, enjoy, be happy! That's what it's all about!

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    1. Yes! The holidays are so intense that I like to find small pleasures, which for me is all about food! ;)

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  12. I'm completely with you on this! I used to get so aggravated at a co-worker years ago who always went on a very strict diet just BEFORE and DURING Christmas. Why wouldn't you attempt that during the year? I very meanly thought she did it for the attention...

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    1. HAHA that sounds like complete and total torture to me!

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  13. Same here. I love to eat and you only live once.

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