Holiday Moderation

- POSTED ON: Dec 19, 2011


Moderation means being within reasonable limits; 
avoidance of excesses or extremes.
This concept is a large part of a my dieting hobby,
and it is important for any type of dieting lifestyle.

Even if I've chosen to eliminate specific foods from my life,
many tasty foods remain to tempt me to eat more than my body needs.

For me the most important (and difficult) thing about holiday eating 
is to keep away from the "all or nothing" mindset. 
I need to make intentional food choices, and eat mindfully.

During Holiday celebrations, I work to prioritize the treats I'm going to choose,
I look everything over first and pick the things that look good to me.,
and work to eat those things in moderation. 

Mostly, I choose to leave behind foods, like chips and dips, 
that are available anytime during the year.

I find that it is important for me to be realistic.
Depriving myself of special holiday foods,
or feeling guilty when I choose to enjoy them
isn't going to help me maintain my weight-loss long-term.

I'm not going to lose weight during the holidays.
For me that is a self-defeating goal,
But I need to work to maintain my weight 
by balancing Holiday food with other meals.

It is a week before Christmas.
Even if we are frustrated with all the holiday goodies 
and scared to get on the scale,
……………..(go weigh yourself right now)……
the good news is there still is time to get things under control 
and enjoy the season in moderation.

It’s never too late.
When it comes to a dieting lifestyle, 
every day is a new day.
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On Dec 19, 2011 wrote:
Judith Beck said in one of her books that she allows herself about 25% more food at a celebratory meal. She made it pretty clear that she doesn't recommend allowing a lot of these. I, too, survey the array and try to limit my rich choices to the ones I appreciate the most and which are hardest to come by. I'm not around fudge much, so I eat that. I don't take a lot of candied yams, though I used to love them, because there are better sweets and I serve myself baked yams all year. I do like most of the starchy things and don't make the holiday versions often, so I will have some of each- mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, baked corn pudding. I'm more likely to skip pumpkin pie because I just don't enjoy it enough. I get pretty full, but not like I used to. I don't enjoy getting stuffed so that is what curtails me these days, rather than the fear of weight gain. When I respect those limits and don't let the overeating precede and spill over outside the highlighted days (but I do have more on Christmas Eve, too), I do fine. It's not what you do on Christmas day itself that makes the difference, but what you do before and after. It's a shame there's as much pressure as there is on so many days leading up to it, but it's still in our hands. And I so often see thin people take some food on their plate and then not eat it that I know I can either skip it to start or do the same.

On Dec 19, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Oolala, you seem to have an excellent grasp on moderation, and I admire you for it. <3

On Dec 22, 2011 kimberchick wrote:
Good morning Phyllis :-) Your statement "It's never too late. When it comes to a dieting lifestyle, every day is a new day" resonates within me ... and gives me the motivation to perservere ... thank you!! I hope you're enjoying this holiday season ... in moderation :-) Thinking good thoughts and sending them your way ... you are my wgt loss hero <3

On Dec 22, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Kimber, Thanks for your kind comment, and also thanks for your Christmas/Birthday message. My husband is on vacation until after the beginning of next year, and right now things are a bit busy here, but I'm thinking of you and wishing you a Merry Christmas as well.

On Dec 23, 2011 kimberchick wrote:
Good morning Phyllis :-) It is that time of year, isn't it, when we have more to accomplish than we have time to accomplish it??!!?? Thank you for the christmas wishes; I hope you enjoyed your birthday (in moderation hee hee) and I am sending you lots of bright positive energy to help you get done what you need to get done :-) I haven't got my calories as low as I'd like this week but I am counting every one and being very strict about not going over 1500/day :-) except yesterday, my anniversary, although I only went over by 14 ... not bad for me!! I hope you are having the same success; this is the hardest time of the year to stay strict ... so many treats & temptations that are only around once a year :-P BTW, I don't think I have ever congratulated you on the fact that you look soooo tiny/healthy in your picture in the Book Talk ad ... GFY!!! Have a great day; wishing you lots of success in all that you undertake :-)

On Dec 23, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Kimber, thanks for your lovely compliment. This is my most difficult time of year with food, and I'm working very hard to keep from eating types and amounts of food that will cause me to gain a mountain of fat. Yesterday I went down with a bladder infection, but today I have antibiotic and those little red pills that turn your liquid waste orange, and am on my way toward recovery.

On Dec 24, 2011 kimberchick wrote:
Good morning Phyllis :-) Blech ... bladder infection during holiday vacation :-( I hope the meds work quickly and you're feeling better soon <3 I really understand the difficulty this time of year poses ... I had to stop giving myself permission to cheat from 12/22-1/02 because I just couldn't enjoy the treats & goodies in moderation :-o I'll be thinking of you and psychically sending lots of willpower your way :-)

On Dec 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Kimber, for your unselfish offer, but don't do it, because each of needs for ourselves, ALL of the psychic willpower we can muster up for during this long Christmas holiday weekend..... At least I do.....

On Dec 24, 2011 kimberchick wrote:
so true :-) still, I think I shall share my energy w/you ... you've certainly shared your dieting expertise w/me <3

On Dec 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             You are very kind. =)

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