[Gatesedge] FW: Holiday Eating Tips (ya'll will LOVE these)

Young, Carolyn Carolyn.Young at goodmanmfg.com
Tue Dec 16 12:21:32 PST 2003

It's a little OT for the list, but not for the season.

Enjoy and happy holidays.


Carolyn B. Young
Goodman Mfg.
IT - Branch
713/861.2500 ext 425

I hate when the food police come out this time of year with their wagging
fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining
10 pounds.  You can't pick up a magazine without finding a list of holiday
eating do's and don'ts.  Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces and
cookies made with butter, they say.  Fill up on vegetable sticks, they say.

Good grief.  Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick?
I didn't think so.  Isn't mine, either.  A carrot was something you left for
Rudolph.  I have my own list of tips for holiday eating.  I assure you, if
you follow them, you'll be fat and happy.  So what if you don't make it to
New Year's?  Your pants won't fit anymore, anyway.

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

2.  Drink as much eggnog as you can.  And quickly.  Like fine single-malt
scotch, it's rare.  In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch.  You
can't 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 eggnogaholic or something.  It's a treat.  Enjoy it.  Have one for
me.  Have two.  It's later than you think.

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 an 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 Christmas party is to eat other
people's food.  Lots of it.  Hellloo?

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.  You can't leave them
behind.  You're not 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 fruitcake?  Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory
celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some

10.  And 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.
Reread tips.  Start over.  But hurry!  Cookieless January is just around the


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