It’s these 6 little words uttered at almost every.single.holiday.meal:
“Oh, go ahead. It’s the holidays!”
Call me a Grinch, but the holiday season is not a free pass to eat anything you want, in any amount you want, and then act surprised when the number on the scale has gone up come January 1.
I don’t care if it’s the only time of the year when Aunt Betsy makes her “famous” triple chocolate fudge brownies with a bourbon glaze. Ok – even *I* would probably indulge in a bite (as long as it’s gluten-free), but the point is that you can have ONE bite and be satisfied. You don’t have to turn into a food hoarder and use your utensils as weapons.
Stop.this.right.now. I see this a LOT over the holidays – especially Halloween. And yes, I’ve even fallen into the trap before. But NO. NO. NO. Just because it’s there does NOT mean you need to eat it. You are NOT a human garbage disposal. Stop acting like one.
Hey, I get that you don’t want to waste food. I’m sure there’s a homeless person downtown who would be happy to take the leftovers. If you live on a military base, try dropping off a plate (or two, or three, or four) of food to the poor souls guarding the gate. (I have no idea if this is legal or not – I just know we used to do it. Please don’t call me for bail money if you’re arrested for some weird violation of the Patriot Act.)
There is NO rule - regardless of what your mother told you – that says you have to be a member of the clean plate club. Be a rebel! Leave some of that not-so-fabulous jellied cranberry crap on your plate. If anyone asks, just tell them you’re full. Seriously. STOP CLEANING YOUR PLATE. We all know you put way too much on there, anyway. (#nojudgement)
What ever you do, just promise me that when the New Year rolls around that you’re not going to pretend you just don’t have a clue as to how you gained 5 lbs.
Own your choices and move on. We’ve all done it and will more than likely do it again. Hopefully, just less extreme than the last time.