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We’ve been having a discussion on My Fat Spouse about how in office and other work environments, particularly during this time of year, people feel the need to foist upon each other gratuitous amounts of various baked goods and other very decadent fare on a nearly daily basis because it’s “the Holidays!” It can be particularly challenging for those of us who are either trying to stay conscious of our health, or who are trying to lose weight. It’s not so much people offering me this stuff that bothers me, it’s the “are you sure?” questions and feeling like these people are pushing this stuff on me like crack dealers. Look, it’s not a personal affront on you if I turn down your homemade fudge. It’s just that at my own family gatherings I’ll have plenty of opportunity for such indulgences, and I’m “saving myself” for the really special stuff. This means I have to pick and choose, and on days that aren’t proper holiday celebrations, I’m abstaining and keeping to my normal dietary habits; 3 healthy meals, 2 healthy snacks, and one small, planned indulgence per week. I do believe if one is following a weight loss plan they should be able to allow for a treat here and there, but it should be controlled. This way, one gets to indulge on occasion and enjoy those treats, but they don’t go “hog wild” either. I am certainly not a “food nazi” and I see nothing wrong with a cookie once in awhile, or a piece of chocolate or whatever. But there should be a limit and these treats were not made for everyday consumption. For some reason in our culture those treats that should be limited are given out in abundance at all times, and it increases tenfold during the Holidays. It annoys me to no end, too, that people take it personally if you turn down what they offer you. I’m lucky to have most of my family members not be the kind of person to get crappy with you if you don’t want to completely stuff yourself. But for some reason some of my coworkers and other people I encounter are major food pushers. The only way a lot of these people will back off me is if one of the ingredients happens to be soy or dairy (which I’m allergic to). I mean, I AM allergic to those things, but I’m not hypersensitive and if I eat one cookie (most chocolate has soy lecithin in it), one piece of cheese, etc. I won’t break out, but I like to plan and choose when I partake of such an indulgence, not spontaneously have it foisted upon me. But the allergy thing is the only excuse people seem to respect. Being truthful about wanting to lose weight and citing that I didn’t lose what I have by eating a bunch of junk only gets me those patronizing, “one won’t hurt you,” or, “aw, you’re not as fat as SOME people, go ahead!” comments.

Holidays like Thanksgiving have the potential to be really nice and have way more meaning than the food. Thanksgiving was originally conceived as a way to, duh, give thanks about the blessings in your life, spend time with people you love, and also to celebrate Autumn and the harvest by sharing a meal with those you care about. But it seems like now it’s mostly devolved into a giant glut-fest with the primary focus being eating as much as humanly possible until you’re writhing around on the floor in pain from indigestion. It’s National Gluttony day! And for a lot of people in the U.S. it starts with Thanksgiving and ends with the half-hearted New Year’s resolution to start “hitting the gym” and “go on a diet.” If people could just practice a little restraint and indulge on just the actual holiday itself, most of us would not gain as much weight as we do during the holidays. Then again, I speak as though there’s a difference between the holidays and most Americans’ everyday habits. I think if anything, most people eat too much everyday, then just eat a sickeningly gross amount at the holidays.

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