Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Not to Eat Your Way Through the Holidays

1. Forbid your children to go Trick-or-Treating or to any other Halloween festivities (this includes school parties-you don't want them bringing home any chocolate, after all), and make sure your own house is dark on Halloween night. Then you don't have to buy 5 bags of candy to eat give out.

2. Do not pin 108 (and counting) pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.

3. Do not go to anything that even has the hint of being a "party." This includes, but is not limited to: Book Club, Halloween Parties, Thanksgiving Dinner, White Elephant Exchanges, Stampin' Up/Scentsy/Tupperware Parties, Birthday Parties, etc.

4. Do not host anything that even has the hint of being a "party." (See #3.)

5. Throw away or hide all items in your pantry resembling sugar, flour, or pumpkin. For extra insurance, you can hide the KitchenAid, too.

6. Learn how to make a tofu turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. Also tofu pie, tofu potatoes and tofu casserole.

7. Do not invite anyone over to your home for any meal. If you must have the missionaries over, feed them salad and absolutely do not make anything resembling dessert.

8. When it's snowing outside and all you want to do is cuddle up with your book and a cup of hot cocoa, don't do it. A cup of boiling water will do just fine.

9. Do not make fudge for your friends and neighbors. Or cookies. They'd much rather have a handmade toilet paper cozy, I promise.

10. Don't set foot into a grocery store. In fact, don't leave your house. Or your bed, for that matter. Hibernation is clearly the best option.

See you in January!

But seriously people, what are your best strategies for not gorging yourself and gaining 30 pounds from October-December? I need all the help I can get....
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. As I know for a fact that you have broken at least 3 of your own rules - do you think my ideas will really help?

    How about walking with your friend? Or finding friends that are not good cooks?

  2. I plan to exercise more, because I know my food choices will not be awesome. They always say to eat before you go to parties, so I might try that. But likely will just try to ramp up the exercise.

  3. I do exercise everyday by habit. And if one day I eat too much, the next day I stay away from everything but fruit. then, yeah, forbid each and everyone to bring sweets into your household :)))

  4. Oh-a nice boiling cup of hot water. What a great comfort food...

  5. I just had to go gluten free. Sad day when I thought about thanksgiving pie and stuffing and rolls... And no I am not going to try making a non gluten version. I figure it's for the best. Sad. But I will live :)

    This might be my "thinnest" winter yet {wink}

  6. I don't think I will ever figure it out.

  7. Having a food allergy has certianly changed how we eat. We just cannot accept or eat hommade treats of any kind, and we let our friends know, so they don't give us those things. If on the rare occasion we do a holiday give away, it's a non-food item. As for holiday dinners and plate, that's all. Just one plate. It takes will power, but you can do it.

  8. Just the other day I told my husband he was going to have to do the grocery shopping until January. Too many fun things to buy, food wise, this time of year.

    But wait a minute. My husband is the one who likes to buy peanut butter m&m's. That's not going to work either.

  9. You forgot, "Talk to yourself a lot. Say things like, "You do NOT want to eat that!"

  10. It's impossible. My only strategy is exercise and portion control, and trying to eat as healthy as possible on the 4 or 5 days during the next 2 months that are not designated as "party" days.

  11. Or you could just get a Colonoscopy on December 26th!! ha ha

    Nooooo just kidding!


    Hanging my head in shame.

  12. What has almost kind of semi-worked for me in the past is to taste the goodies, but not actually eat much of them. I do crave sugary stuff in the winter, but I struggle so hard to lose the pounds that I much prefer not to put them on.
    Laughing out loud at your idea of drinking hot water instead of cocoa... I've had that same thought more than once!

  13. First, I am so far behind on reading blogs that I have just stopped reading them, but I have missed you guys too much, so I am catching up.
    Second, I am laughing at the irony of this post because I am sitting here grabbing my grumbly tummy because I am HUNGRY!!! I seriously went way off the "wagon" for the past week (matt & kids were in town...movies, popcorn, pizza, candy...) and completely re-dedicated myself today and am staying religiously within my ww points. But, I think I stretched my stomach out because I am so hungry and usually do fine on 29 points. So, I don't really have a whole lot to add since I had a holiday week, but my "plan" going into the holidays was to not treat every day like a holiday. Party's, dinners, fine. Eat what I want. But, I cannot eat that way every day. I worked too dang hard this year to lose alot of weight!