As the American-Scandinavians in my neck of the woods often exclaim – uff da! The holidays can be nerve-wracking when it comes to watching the scales during a month of heavy entertaining between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.
I entertained Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. That is a lot of food to prepare and serve, and way too many chances to gain the typical 4-5 pounds of holiday weight that many, including myself, usually experience over the holidays.
Since I love to bake, Christmas weight gain was always a sure thing for me. After all, what better time is there to bake than during Christmas when baked goodies are front and center on dessert tables throughout the season?
But my article that I published on December 8, 2010, was upbeat and of a VERY positive nature:
Why I Am Positive that I Won’t Gain Weight This Christmas
My description of the article on my content page: “Why am I positive that I won’t gain weight this Christmas? It is simply because I have learned what was problematic for me. Accordingly, I have made a painless, effective and permanent change in what I eat. No weight gain for me this Christmas!”
And I summarized my rationale for my positive attitude with this paragraph:
“The reason why I am positive that I will not gain weight this Christmas is that I have permanently given up eating foods with added sugar as an ingredient. I continue to eat, very heartily and contentedly, just about everything in the natural food realm, excluding by choice only very fatty meats. Processed meats and other foods made with added sugar just don’t make the cut with me anymore. I like feeling well and having lots of energy.”
So how did I do?
Did I experience holiday weight gain over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day?
In particular, did Christmas weight gain materialize as it always did in the past?
The holidays of 2010 are over, and the results are in: I did NOT experience holiday weight gain, and in particular, Christmas weight gain in 2010. I didn’t gain or lose, but stayed the same. (And there is a sigh of relief on my part as I write this).
What kept me on the straight and narrow path?
I made as few items with added sugar as I possibly could, and either served all of the foods that I made with added sugar or sent the leftovers home with guests.
A neighbor came to my door on Christmas Day bearing a plateful of decorated Christmas cookies, all done up with a beautiful bow. A year ago I would have been trying out one of each variety – that plateful of cookies was not even the slightest bit of temptation to me on Christmas Day, 2010.
Sugar addiction CAN be conquered. Now that I have that firmly fixed in my mind, I can look forward to future holidays and continued entertaining with no fear of going off the deep end and devouring every sugary crumb in sight.
My guests did not suffer as there were desserts for each meal, and I did bake fresh chocolate chip cookies during the afternoon on Christmas Day for my family as those are their favorite cookies. In addition, I made three batches of the Original Chex Mix over the Christmas holidays, which were great for light snacking. The fragrance of hot apple cider and hot Russian tea were in my home and wholesome foods were served – in short, no one went hungry!
I am not a diabetic; doing without added sugar is by my choice, not as a means to manage a disease. However, doing without added sugar has been easy for me, and I intend to stay on that path in the future. If you haven’t tried doing this, perhaps a trial period might be helpful if you are always dealing with annual holiday weight gain or at least Christmas weight gain. For me, out of sight, out of mind works best when it comes to sugary foods!
See also by R.C. Johnson:
The Use of Stevia Extract as a Sweetener
Cookbook Review: ‘Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking’
Cookbook Review: ‘the Diabetic Chef’s Year-Round Cookbook’
Lettuce: Creative, Flavorful Ways to Enjoy This Popular Vegetable
Snow Peas and Snap Peas: Delicious Eaten Fresh or Lightly Sauteed
Tofu Stir Fry Adds Soy to Your Diet
Asian Salad Ingredients to Pull from Your Pantry Shelf
Product Review: Orville Redenbacher’s 100 Calorie Smart Pop Popping Corn
Make-ahead Cooked Old-fashioned Oatmeal
Butternut Squash Preparation for Roasting
A Make-Ahead Side Dish for Thanksgiving Day
Source: Personal experience