What is the deal with holiday baking? Now that I'm not eating emotionally ( much anyway, I catch myself from time to time.) holiday baking really sticks out like a huge red flag for me. For many reasons.
Here are a few observations (my opinions only)
1. If you bake it, you are likely to eat it.
2. If you bake it and give it away, others will have to deal with it.
3. If you're eating lots of baked goods, what aren't you eating instead?
Okay, one of the things I had do do for both weight loss and weight maintenance was to kick Holiday Baking to the curb. In a big major way.
Here's what worked:
- Admitting that I was buying and baking so I could eat it.
- Admitting that I was enabling others to do the same.
- Stopped all holiday baking and candy making and cookie parties.
- Put my time into meeting with friends, family, walking outdoors.
- Give non-food gifts except coffee.
- Use spices that have a holiday flavor- but no triggers- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.
- Baking and eating
- Giving baked goods to people who had diabetes/obesity issues.
- Cookie parties where I vowed to only have 5-6 WW points of cookies.
- Time spent baking (and eating, and not wanting to be with others)
- Saying I was going to give non-food gifts and re-gifting food to others.
- Eating seasonal goodies and really wanting the spice/flavor, but getting hooked on the sugar/flour.