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09 November 2010


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Thanks Erin, this is a great post and great timing. I hate being reminded that peas are a starchy vegetable, sigh, but you are correct and I do need that reminder! You've mentioned the mental plate in the past and I've found it a very useful tool. I haven't reached the point where I look at a long 4 day holiday weekend and use good habits at every meal. I often ponder it ahead of time and reach a mental agreement that I will follow my chosen rules for all but one meal over the course of a holiday weekend. I can't decide if that exception is healthy because I acknowledge it ahead of time and plan for it or if by allowing myself to forget the habits for one meal, I'm not breaking the idea of food as critical to the celebration. This post is a good reminder to review my holiday plans and consider using the mental plate for all of the holiday celebrations.


Oh my goodness, you just laid all that out so easily and it all makes perfect sense! Thanks! And now to do it ....

LeeAnn Balbirona

What, no post on the "twinkie diet" making the news rounds today?! :) I was hoping for your critique. See here if you haven't read this yet: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html?hpt=T2
His idea was that it is strictly the calories that count rather than the types of foods.

I'll never forget the first thanksgiving I actually ate a normal (reasonable) amount of food and was able to enjoy the rest of the day rather than lying around in a stupor, clutching my sides. It was like a revelation to me that I *didn't* have to stuff myself (only the turkey!), that I could choose to eat less of everything and still enjoy the day.

Thank you for this series of posts. I'm another one who'll be thrilled to get these all in one document or download.


I can do fine eating a reasonably balanced meal during the holidays. What gets me are all the hours sitting at various tables and counters talking and not being able to ignore the chips, cookies, candy, glazed nuts, dips, etc. The meal is just one hour but the grazing is all day!

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