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Over the past few weeks, the media has been requesting experts to comment on recipes and plans for “guilt-free” holiday dining. I have a lot of suggestions, but somehow, they haven’t been picked up. They tell me that the items I am pitching are not what the media outlets are looking for. The media is looking for recipes for low fat appetizers and low-calorie cookies. They are looking for plans about how to get through the party without eating “too much”. And they are looking for advice about what should eat to look hot in the LBD (Little Black Dress) you bought for the New Year’s Eve party.
Well here on my very own blog, let me offer you some thoughts.
Here’s how to make any holiday recipe, guilt free:
1. Stir up, cook, bake or make your favorite recipe.
2. Eat some of it.
3. Enjoy it.
4. Decide not to feel guilty about it.
I know it seems overly simplistic. In a world where we are taught to binge on Saturday and Sunday and restrict and regret on Monday, this is some heavy-duty out of the box thinking. But seriously folks, can we just decide to give ourselves the holiday gift of not feeling guilty every time we put a morsel of food in our mouths? Just because the media tells us that we have to feel awful every time we eat, doesn’t mean we have to actually do it.
And here’s a strategy for eating any holiday party:
1. Tell yourself you are there to have fun.
2. Tell yourself that you are taking a holiday from restriction and regrets.
3. Tell yourself that any treat you see is allowed at any time, not just at a party and not just during the holidays.
4. Eat what you want.
5. Enjoy what you eat.
6. Stop when you want.
7. Eat whatever it is that you want!
Let’s simply take the time to enjoy holiday treats while they are here. And since we know we can enjoy those treats on Monday (or any day of the week) if we want to, maybe we can put aside the need for the crazy weekend binge.
How to Look Great in Your New Year’s Eve Little Black Dress
1. Find an awesome dress.
2. Put it on.
3. Strut your stuff.
See? That was easy! No need for diets or foundation garments that squeeze you until your hair is taller or strategies for slimming. Just put on a dress and ROCK. THAT. THING.
I hope my holiday strategies are helpful to you. Even though you won’t be seeing them in your favorite newsstand magazine.
Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)
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