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Holiday Survival Guide

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Hello Gorgeous Guys and Gals!

It’s getting to be that time of year again when corn husks and pumpkins go up, little ghouls and goblins come to your door, you give them all your Halloween candy and bid adieu to the trolls marching down your sidewalk… oh come on, really! I know what really happens when all the trick or treaters leave—you open up your cabinet and bust out your secret stash of peanut M&M’s, Bit O’Honey’s and Milk Duds!! If your Halloween festivities are the kickoff equivalent to the Holiday Superbowl of eating, stay tuned, because it doesn’t have to be an all-out bingefest from Halloween through New Year’s.

I grew up in a household where the motto was “If it’s not chocolate, its not dessert!” But I am still well-versed in my knowledge of all types of candy- licorice allsorts, caramels, chocolate-dipped pretzels, malted milk balls- and know how easy it can be to fall prey to these goodies during the holidays. So I’m here today to tell you how you can embrace your inner child without feeling deprived during the upcoming festivities.

When it comes to indulging in your favorite treats during celebrations, you can actually use this approach year-round. First things first: take a minute to think about what appeals most to you in a sweet treat: Chocolatey? Sugary? Crunchy? Chewy? Figure out what flavors and textures you enjoy eating most. If you’re not a candy-holic but love other things like gooey cheesy pizza, identify what temperatures, textures and flavors you enjoy most about that food: hot, cold, spicy, salty, etc. Finding what you really want to eat is a key factor when you want to truly honor your cravings—eating around the craving just won’t do.

Next, buy individual portion sizes of your favorite food. Even if you go back for seconds, it’s much better to eat two small portions then out of a troth-style package of candy-coated sugar bombs. We have become a super-sized society; individually-wrapped portions help us retrain our brains on what a normal portion size really looks like.

Last but not least, check in with yourself and know your hunger and fullness levels. You may not be able to resist your Aunt Mildred’s marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, nor should you! Take the time to enjoy your favorite foods that you only get to eat once a year- but make sure you stop eating when you’re full. Try serving yourself on a salad plate, so you can conjure up the memories of childhood without splitting the seams of your current reality.

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Esther Blum

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