Planning Saves Calories and Dollars
November 17, 2011 | Peggy Martin
Continuous tiny tastes of food throughout the coming days do not make a difference in the short run, but little bits from now through the New Year can result in unwelcome weight gains.
Alice Henneman from the University of Nebraska has a short video, Tiny Tastes Can Total Big Calories over the Winter Holidays, that show how bites can add up to excess pounds.
During the holiday season I find it hard to resist sampling the food I am preparing or baking. Plus, there are more special social occasions with great food.
I think being mindful of the problem is a great first step. Here are a few strategies I have used to curb my tendency for taking many tiny tastes:
- Chew gum when cooking or baking.
- Volunteer to take fruit and vegetable trays to family dinners and parties to ensure that I have something healthy to snack on.
- Be the last in the food line, taking a plate of food, eating it, and moving out of reach from the buffet table.
- Select one favorite holiday treat to take to all the events I plan to attend, spend one day making and then freezing them. Then I stay out of the kitchen and spend time decorating or making non-food presents.
- Tell myself that food tasting in public is not safe.
- Commit to writing every bite down so I can see what I have consumed.
Buying gifts for the holidays can also get out of control: buying presents here and there, trying to balance the amounts you have spent for each person and then buying more to even things out. For me, developing a strategy for buying presents includes, taking time to make a gift list, budget for each gift, and brainstorm ideas before you go to the store.
I would love to hear your strategies for saving calories or dollars this holiday season.