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It has taken me 27 years to not only realize that I am weak against food temptations but how weak I am against its forces. Food is a seductive siren, luring me with its tantalizing array of flavors and textures and instant mouth comfort. There isn’t a time more derailing to my health, waistline and dream of a single digit size on my clothing tags than the holiday season. What makes it even more difficult is that this time last year, I was pregnant and wholly immersed myself in the generosity of food-unloading family and friends and casserole dishes so big you could use it to bathe a baby in.
This year I’m determined to reprogram my thinking. I don’t have the luxury of eating for another person, unless I want to look like I actually ate another person. I know my preferences (anything with bacon), my Achilles heel (again, bacon), and breaking point (it’s bacon-wrapped!). This year I am without a baby in my belly but an awareness of what will transform my postpartum body into a being of health and hotness. (Please Santa, let it be mostly hotness!)
This year I am going to eat before I eat. Oftentimes, I skip meals when there’s a holiday party because I don’t want to ruin my appetite and it is that appetite monster that ruins me. With the amount of bacon-laden holiday parties, sweet cocktail-swilling work functions, and cookie-filled playdates that we will certainly attend, I know what will keep me from unhinging my jaw and gorging will be something as simple as a fiber-filled bowl of cereal or an apple or anything healthy and filling that will occupy the real estate of my stomach. If I’m already satiated, I won’t have that much of an urge to pile up my plate so high that people will ask if I’m trying to build a likeness of Mt. Rainier using green bean casserole and onion rings.
Also, there will be no alcohol in my cup. Along with bacon-wrapped bacon treats, wine and other adult beverages are also responsible for my dietary undoing. After a few glasses of wine, not only do I feel smart and witty, but I also lose sense of calories. What’s another tooth-picked treat when I’m feeling good! Another piece of pie, topped with whipped cream? Why yes! Not only do I shove junk in, I also expel it out. I remember one holiday party that I had one too many glasses of wine and then eagerly shook someone and slurred, “Your fruitcake is a vision!” It takes one to know one, I guess.
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