Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all my readers! I wish you and your families a wonderful and blessed holiday season! Because the holiday season is in full swing, I wrote a song to celebrate!
of my favorite foods!
and a big plate
with some seconds too!
candy canes and treats.
Wash it down
with beer and Crown.
It’s time for me to eat!
I can’t lie – one thing I love about the holidays is the food. Not only does the food taste good, but because they only come around this time of year, they bring back lots of memories. It makes me reminisce on my childhood and great times I’ve had with my family, both near and far, and those dear ones that have passed on. I also think about the new memories and traditions that I will create with my future family.
Unfortunately, holidays usually mean foods that are considered nowhere near appropriate for a bariatric patient – cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, rolls, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, eggnog, candy, etc etc etc. And every year I fall off the wagon, and then tell myself, “That’s ok, I’ll get back on the wagon after New Year’s.” That’s why I’m making that the Excuse of the Month. Let’s put a stop to that type of thinking right now before we go any further.
I’ll be honest and say that for me, Thanksgiving this year was a TOTAL FAIL. I ate way too much, and the results definitely showed up on the scale. What you have to realize is that your new stomach does not know that it’s the holidays, so please don’t get so wrapped up in the celebrations that you go completely overboard. Not that you can’t ever have another Christmas cookie in your entire life, but you have to be honest and mindful about how much you are eating – remember, it’s these bad habits that got you to the place where you needed surgery in the first place. And to tell yourself that you’ll get back into the groove of healthier eating choices and exercise in January is not good enough because your body needs care now. Please don’t neglect your health for an entire month.
Even though we’re in the middle of the holidays, try to continue to make smart choices.
- Start exercising if you have not already, and do it consistently.
- Treat your allowed amount of carbs (ask your nutritionist what that is for you) like a bank account – if you know you are going to Big Momma’s house that evening for a homemade feast with all the fixin’s, then eat sensibly during that morning and afternoon.
- And when you get to Big Momma’s, don’t think you have to eat it all then. Ask Big Momma for a paper plate and some foil, so you can eat some now and store some for later.
- Consider bringing a low-carb dish or dessert to the holiday dinner to share with your family and friends so that you know you have at least one safe option to eat. I made cheesecake brownies using two boxes of Pillsbury Sugar-free Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix. I basically made it like this cheesecake brownie recipe from Pinterest, with the exception that I used Splenda instead of sugar and I also hooked it up by adding chopped walnuts into the mix. Everyone loved it, and no one could tell that it was sugar-free.
- Keep in mind that “sugar-free” does not equal “calorie-free”.
- Take a walk after dinner or get in a workout beforehand to help burn some calories.
Just remember that your body still needs care during this time, so try to reign in the holiday overeating as much as possible.