Eating Heartily but Consciously During Christmas Season | Today In Church
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  1. During the Christmas season, summer and its body-conscious state of mind
    are distant memories. Hearty indulgence in the many foods shared at Christmas
    therefore doesn’t produce the same feelings of guilt. Nevertheless, its not a
    pleasant thought to start the New Year carrying any extra pounds. So why then
    eat yourself into a resolution to ‘take off a few extra pounds’ if you can
    smartly avoid it?
    Whether it’s sharing cookies and candies at work, or having an evening out
    at a party or dinner, you can have Christmas food and enjoy it. While you seem
    to be eating heartily with a smile, the key is to have a secret strategy of
    moderation. It involves sticking to a plan that can be called ‘Eating on a
    ‘Eating on a Budget’ is not about the cost of what is eaten, but about the
    quantity of what is eaten. It is important that a ‘budget’ or eating in
    moderation plan is developed because it is almost impossible to avoid exposure
    to a lot of cookies, candies and other sweets at Christmas. At work, you may
    risk appearing like the Grinch who stole Christmas if your response will always
    be something like, ‘ humbug’ all the time that some Christmas goodies
    are offered. It will seem as if you aren’t in the spirit of the holidays
    especially since at that time of year everyone is usually in a festive and more
    relaxed mood, and the pace at work is usually slower.
    A practical way to partake in Christmas goodies, for example, is to
    substitute some holiday cookies for say the bagel that you usually have with
    breakfast or for a mid-morning snack. And instead of just taking one cookie,
    from the platter, which is noticeable and likely will encourage a colleague to
    tell you to have more, take three instead. That’s where the plan can come into
    play. You can then enjoy the cookies over two or more hours, because nobody will
    be watching how you really eat. You can always have a few candies, one cookie or
    a cookie and a half by your desk and that way it will seem as if you are
    heartily enjoying the holiday treats.
    Another strategy is to bring – bake or buy – low calorie Christmas cookies
    and candies to work to counteract others that are being offered. Since eating
    healthy is highly encouraged, health-conscious cookies will not be looked down
    upon so long as they taste great. A box of sugar-free Christmas chocolate
    candies for example will look just as delightful as regular chocolate candies.
    It’s interesting to note that in a poll sponsored by the National Confectioners
    Association in 2004, chocolate was the favorite food gift that Americans said
    they preferred to receive for the holidays. The lowly and much maligned fruit
    cake was last on the list. The second favorite holiday food gift was a fruit
    basket and a plate of cookies was third on the list, according to the
    For an occasion such as a Christmas party or a dinner, including Christmas
    Dinner, where larger quantities and selection of food is available, the ‘Eating
    on a Budget’ plan means that serving portions and the choice of food selected
    should be carefully watched.
    At a party where more desserts and sweets are likely to be available, a few of
    the selections can be sampled. If the urge to try everything can’t be resisted,
    then do so, but then second helpings have to be severely limited. The same is
    somewhat true for Christmas Dinners. One big difference is that the food served
    during Christmas Dinner will be heavier, so by selecting portions wisely, one
    can always say truthfully that the stomach is full.
    And indeed, after a sumptuous Holiday Dinner, your body is likely to be full
    from food and your soul full of joy from sharing another memorable holiday
    tradition with family, friends and loved ones.