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Holiday Feasting: Will You Ever Recover?
by Marjorie Dorfman
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mighty burger feastSo how can you avoid over-indulging without feeling deprived, not to mention depraved? Don’t throw a plate at me, but how about considering the words of that old saying about moderation in all things? I am a diabetic, but I can still over-indulge in sinful sugar-free treats that creep up on thighs and buttocks in the most nasty and non-festive ways. (And I often do. Have YOU ever tried sugar-free Klondike bars? I warn you, it’s like crack-cocaine for the palette!) I know it is easier to say than do, but try thinking before you eat. The journey of a thousand calories begins with a single thought and subsequent bite, or something like that. Maybe the message will sink in the next time you find yourself in front of that wonderful delectable enemy, the buffet table.

holiday feasting But how can you resist? It all smells so good and it’s all free and you aren’t happy anyway and a million other things. The answer is that you can’t completely resist and you do not have to. Try a little bit of everything, but eat the other stuff too, you know, the protein and the veggies. Have a treat but not JUST treats. That way, you get a bit of everything and don’t feel you missed the boat or whatever vehicle was meant to transport you to that land of gluttony and sheer hedonism. (If they are only serving treats and desserts, it’s every man and woman for him or herself.)

If you are determined to eat it all in the way of holiday fare, be prepared to pay the price, whether that means more time at the gym or running or whatever. All actions are like ripples on the sea of consequences even though focusing on that is quite difficult when something in front of you "smells and tastes so good."

holiday turkey feastHere are some tips that might help you curtail your appetite for sweets when you go to a holiday party.

1. Eat before you go to the party. Have a full meal and you can just sip and pick among the best of them. You won’t be too tempted because your stomach is full. Don’t take stuff home either or all is lost.

2. Bring very thin people along with you to the party, wherever it is. They are a constant reminder of what should be, if you only could.

3. Walk home and to the party even if it is miles away. This way, if you slip up, you can work off whatever you did. (Avoid going to parties if a blizzard or rainstorm is in the picture for the evening. These things can really throw you off track.)

4. Only go to those affairs where everyone there weighs more than you do. A false sense of security is better than none at all.

So enjoy, if you can. Don’t forget the four humours and remember to keep up your one sense of humor always. There’s no other way to get through this!

Happy holidays to all!

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Feast: A History of Grand Eating

by Roy Strong

Feast: A History of Grand Eating

Strong takes readers on a journey that encompasses the banquets of ancient Rome, to the Christian and Renaissance eras, to the 20th-century's defining status event. the dinner party. A master distiller who keeps a sharp academic lookout creates a companionable, entertaining guide. For example, the evolution and meaning of manners; the invention of the dining room; sugar's pivotal role (as a baroque sculptural medium!); and the history of cookbooks. For anyone interested in what it has meant to use a fork (first a status marker then, supplanting the knife) among much else, this is a perfect read.

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