Tis the season to start munching on sweet treats. There is no escape from eating extra calories during the holiday season which can equate to packing on unwanted pounds if not careful. We are all tempted by decadent cookies, cake, and candy everywhere we go. Grocery stores are tempting us with free samples, holiday commercials for sweet treats keep reminding us that we need to eat this fattening stuff to be festive, and it is impossible to pass the dessert table at holiday parties especially after a few cocktails.
Will Ferrell proclaims that the four major food groups for elves are candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup in the movie Elf. Elf is one of my favorite holiday movies and makes me laugh every time I watch it. But there is some truth to what he is saying and that the holiday season has a way of luring us in to become elves and eat more sugary foods. I have recently read that it is not uncommon for the average person to gain between 5 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I admit that I am guilty as charged and can’t resist temptation of sugar now. Especially the peanut butter blossoms, my mother-in-law’s anise cookies, cutout cookies, and ribbon candy. I can’t even imagine how many calories are in these anise cookies since I found out that the secret ingredient is lard. Yes, that is not a mistake, the anise cookies are made with the fat from the abdomen of pig. Don’t let that scare you, these cookies are my favorite and I can eat a dozen in the blink of an eye.
I don’t know about you but I must not have any will power or self-control when it comes to these scrumptious goodies when they are calling my name staring me in the eye. So instead of fighting the temptation, I succumb to my sweet desires. However, I have decided to combat the extra calorie consumption for the next 25 days by setting the goal to add-on an extra 10-15 minutes to my normal workout. I’m hoping the extra exercise will offset the extra calories. Not sure if my plan will work but I will keep you posted.
What are your favorite holiday treats? Do you have a plan to keep the scale in check with all the sweet temptation? Share your sweet secrets in the comments.