Happy Holidays!

It’s a snowy day in New England and for those of us who celebrate Christmas, it is practically upon us.  You know what that means?  Hot Chocolate, Eggnog, Cookies, Chocolate, and many other treats that are all around wherever you go.

I am planning to indulge in my favorites this year because (as I like to put it) these are “sometimes foods” and the holidays are a “sometimes occasion”.  I think it is important that we all be able to enjoy special foods (and yes, most of them are hyper-caloric!) without going overboard and feeling guilty.  The key to this is, to keep these special items in a special category!

Here are 3 things to keep in mind:

  1. Keep portions small and savor them slowly.
  2. Keep “regular” days as typical as possible without lots of treats.
  3. Focus on enjoying your time with family and friends.

It’s hard to forget that holidays are about more than just food.  Although I will be doing a lot of baking today, I’m planning to include my boys and make it a family activity.  In the end, we will have spent some fun time together and can feel good about the treats we will share with our extended family over the next few days.

I wish you all a wonderful end to 2010 and much joy and prosperity in 2011!