As we head into one of the most popular party times of the year, I hope you enjoy some ideas suggested in our small neighborhood newspaper by local columnist, Lindsey Nair. I plan to embrace this practical advice as I try to make good decisions on what to eat and what to skip.
1. Avoid carrot sticks. This totally misses the holiday spirit. If you see carrots, leave immediately and go next door where they are serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can ... and quickly because it's rare.
Since it's unavailable any other time of the year, drink up! Despite the 10,000 calories in every sip, it's a treat.
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Make a volcano mound of mashed potatoes, fill it with gravy, eat and repeat.
4. Don't snack before going to a party. Forget self control. You go to parties to eat other people's food for free. Hello?
5. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You need this time to take long naps after circling buffet tables with 10 pound plates of food and a vat of eggnog.
6. When you find something really good at the buffet table (like frosted cookies in the shape of Santa), position yourself well. Have as many as you can before drawing attention to yourself. It's like finding a great thing at Costco; if you leave it behind, you'll never see it again.
7. Fruitcake. While it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, why bother when you have all those other desserts, cookies and pies to chose from?
I hope you find these holiday tips just what you need in the days ahead.Happy Holidays!