Take time this holiday season to laugh

Holidays can be full of fun, laughter, warmth, and family, but they can also be full of stress, especially if you are on a diet. The thought of what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and the temptation of all the holiday goodies that you only get this time of year can drive you crazy if you let it. While it’s important to keep your personal health goals in mind, it’s also good to relax, laugh, and enjoy the season. Don’t get too caught up on sticking to a strict diet that you miss out on all the fun this time of year. So let yourself indulge (in moderation) and focus on time with family rather than food.

A friend of mine teaches at a Middle School and also coaches cheerleading with me. She found this posted in the office yesterday and shared it with me. It brought a smile to my face and made me laugh so I wanted to share it with all of you. I now have it up on my refrigerator to remind me to not be too strict on myself and to not take life so seriously. So lighten up and have fun this holiday season 🙂


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they are serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It’s rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat…enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention pasta? Granted, with any sauce it’s loaded with delicious celebratory calories. How can you have a holiday without pasta?

10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, WOO HOO what a ride!”


One thought on “Take time this holiday season to laugh

  1. Ah!! It makes me so happy you shared this. I’m just getting the chance to catch up on some of your postings. Your writing is so inspiring!

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