Five Thoughts {Including Holiday Diet Talk and Baking Inspiration}

On Christmas (and every day), you have permission to…

I’m sure many of you are going home to families where food and body talk is likely. I love this template that Haley Goodrich created to brainstorm ways to handle diet talk. I filled out mine below, and here’s a link to her original post, which has some ideas other followers submitted. How could you handle unsolicited diet talk, or how have you coped with it in the past? Leave a comment in this post to share with others what’s been helpful for you.

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Do you like bawling uncontrollably at sad stories that also give you the slightest bit of hope for humanity?

First, read this article a daughter wrote about her Chinese immigrant cat litter scientist father’s friendship with Charles Barkley. I lost it at the text messages.

Then, read this story about saving zoo animals from a war zone in Syria. I watched the second episode of Dogs on Netflix, where a Syrian refugee in Berlin is trying to get back his husky that he had to leave behind with friends as he escaped for his life. I was too anxious watching it to wait to find out how it ended, so I googled it, and found this article in the process. After seeing lions and hyenas in the wild earlier this month, I sobbed reading it.

If I was doing holiday baking, this is what I’d make…

Even though I love to bake Christmas cookies, I’m not this year. Having just gotten back in town from two weeks of vacation, and planning on heading up north to see family this weekend, trying to put a little more realistic expectations on myself. But if I was baking, I’d try these recipes (so if you are baking, send me some!):

Extra Sticky Pecan Rolls….just look at all that goo!

Extra Sticky Pecan Rolls….just look at all that goo!

Sea Salt Chocolate Rugelach. Hanukkah may be over but we can still bake rugelach.

Sea Salt Chocolate Rugelach. Hanukkah may be over but we can still bake rugelach.

Chocolate Dipped Chai Almond Cookies. I created these cookies a few years back and they’re still one of my favorites!

Chocolate Dipped Chai Almond Cookies. I created these cookies a few years back and they’re still one of my favorites!

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggnog Pull Apart Bread…I mean….

Eggnog Pull Apart Bread…I mean….

Don’t forget about savory baking! Cheesy Bacon Puff Pastry Twists.

Don’t forget about savory baking! Cheesy Bacon Puff Pastry Twists.

Fun entertaining idea - a biscuit bar!

I went to a Bubbles + Biscuits birthday party for my friend Kim this weekend, and I thought their idea of a biscuit idea was such a fun one I had to share! Another friend Debi hosted, and she put out a big basket of the most incredible homemade biscuits along with room temperature salted butter, pimento cheese (this is my favorite recipe for pickled jalapeno pimento cheese), two different kinds of sausage, candied bacon, and a selection of jams.

How cute is this spread?

How cute is this spread?

I went with pimento cheese and sage + red pepper sausage, and salted butter with wild blueberry jam

I went with pimento cheese and sage + red pepper sausage, and salted butter with wild blueberry jam

If you were not afraid of gaining weight over the holidays, would you celebrate any differently?

When it comes to making decisions about food and eating, one helpful thing to consider is what you would do if you felt OK with your body/weren’t afraid of gaining weight. I asked this question on my insta-story, and some of the responses I got included baking more Christmas cookies (hey, see above!), enjoying foods without guilt, saying yes to more social gatherings, and caring less about food.

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Now, my question for you is what do you need to do those things despite your fears? I can’t predict what you or anyone else’s weight will do in response to holiday celebration. I do know that average holiday weight gain is quite minimal, and that most of the fear mongering you hear about holiday weight gain is an attempt to get you to buy more diet products/programs in January. I also know that even if you did gain weight over the holidays, that wouldn’t change your value as a human being. So that said, what’s one thing you can say yes to that you might have said no to before?


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