Tipping scales and stretch pants aren’t the only visitors that arrive with the Christmas diet. The influx of high-calorie, high-fat home cooking and vacation-induced immobility never fails to bring a backlash of conscientious eaters determined to ride out the holidays without gaining a pound. We all know these healthy-diet crusaders. They are the friends and relatives who insist on leaving out carrots and celery instead of milk and cookies, have a difficult time seeing Santa as little more than a red-clad pre-Subway Jared, and avoid deviled eggs like the plague.
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Google “Christmas eating,” and you won’t find cookie decorating tips, roast goose recipes, or instructions on how to make eggnog drinks. Rather, the results page bombards us fatsos with article after article with titles like “Eat well, be well – Healthy Christmas eating,” “The Rules of Christmas Eating,” and (my personal favorite) “Jolly Christmas Eating Do’s!” beseeching you to keep your diet under control during the holiday season.
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How do you eat your way around holidays, So Good readers? Do you take the over-indulgent atmosphere as an excuse to pig out on sweets, consoling yourself with New Year’s resolutions to step it up at the gym (or at least step inside)? Or do you demurely pass up the nog and cookies, reminding yourself you won’t feel like crap come December 26th? Then share your holiday eating adventures in the comments.
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Around the holidays, do you pig out on sweets or pass them up?

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On a slightly related note, check out Jim Gaffigan’s unique take on holiday traditions.
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  1. itmdirec@gmail.com'
    Vee Sweeney

    Oh thank you for this post! The holiday eating (or really lack there of!) can get so annoying. I actually had two family members ask me last year if I could make several different certain foods for our usual Christmas Eve get together dinner that I host because it was at the time “part of their current diet plan”. My ears had a hard time believing they had that much nerve. Yes, I care about the health of my extended family, but not to the tune of a half days worth of cooking and an extra fifty dollars in food. I politely informed them that I would be happy to heat up whatever foods they would like to bring with them to eat but that I was not in the position to cook that much extra food and spend that much money. Rather than eating at my house, they opted to eat at their own home before they came. I don’t think the diets are the major problem; I think it’s the attitude that some people can acquire when they decide to diet because they act like everyone around them should be doing the exact same thing.

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    Nick Stamoulis

    The Holidays are for getting together with family and friends, and enjoying good food, drink and company. So you fall off your diet bandwagon, and get right back on the next week. I’m not saying to gorge but let loose, enjoy the holiday meals..and skip the diet for a day or two…

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