Have Fun, Eat Sweets

Lately, I’ve been seeing tons of articles and blog posts about staying healthy during the holiday season. I’ve heard of people challenging themselves to lose weight between Thanksgiving and Christmas (insane, IMO), and I’ve read of holiday recipes void of sugar, carbs, and butter.

To that I say: Stop it. Please stop it.

To me, the holidays are a time to loosen up a bit.

But before you crucify me, just know that this doesn’t mean I suggest eating a plate full of cookies every night between now and New Years Eve.

What I’m saying is, the holidays are supposed to be enjoyable and lighthearted. But lets be honest – awkward family get togethers, present shopping pressure, and being guilted into attending your neighbor’s holiday party are anything but enjoyable and light hearted. You know what I’m talking about.

And on top of all of that, many of us also decide to take on the seasonal position of Holiday Food Nazi.

A pumpkin pie slice of advice? Don’t. 

Honestly, if you practice any sort of moderation in your normal day-to-day life, don’t beat yourself up during the four weeks of the holiday season. It all comes out in the wash.

Personally, I continue with my normal fitness schedule and I eat my normal well-balanced meals during the week. But when I find myself at holiday parties on the weekend, I don’t worry about it.

And you know what? My pants still fit come January.

So, if you’re looking for a way to cut calories in your favorite dessert, this isn’t the place. I’m that odd duck “healthy living blogger” who is all for a little bit of indulgence for the next few weeks :) #sorrynotsorry

Have fun, eat sweets!

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27 Responses to Have Fun, Eat Sweets

  1. Love this and I feel the same way!!!! Life is about enjoying! Balance and moderation!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! <3

  2. I think that there are more and more of the HLBs falling into line with this theory on the holidays, and I love it!! Honestly — I’ve spent TOO many Christmases freaking out about the food to spend even a single instant more thinking about it. And if I gain weight … so what?! I’d rather make it through the holidays with a smile than a smaller waistline.

  3. I’m with you! The holidays only come around once a year, so might as well enjoy it while we can!

  4. Parita says:

    YES! Agree with everything you wrote. Great post, Colleen!!

  5. AT says:

    Hooray! Putting the emphasis on “living” in the HLB community!

  6. Kirsten says:

    I feel like this way of thinking is a thousand times more balanced and healthy than all of the posts about how not to gain weight, etc and I LOVE it!

  7. You are so NOT alone! Love this post.

  8. Danica says:

    thank you!!
    I’m beyond sick of reading/hearing about how to “avoid the dessert table and avoid the guilt!”, etc. etc. … so annoying.
    Last year I spent so much time worrying about how I was going to set up the perfect plate of food that I know I missed out on all of the fun family stuff going on around me…not going to let that happen this year!

  9. I am with you sister! Live it up!

  10. Amen! I agree w/ following your regular routine, and then indulging! If you want to keep trying to be healthy, keep going to the gym, eating healthy during the week, etc, but don’t give up enjoying all the holiday goodies! It’s all about moderation, and I will not ever give up thanksgiving or holiday foods! In fact just last night, i made pecan bars with 3 sticks of butter, haha!! Butter makes everything better ;) Have a great thanksgiving!

  11. Lauren says:

    Hell yes. I will eat my full-fat Thanksgiving Day dinner and enjoy every bite!

  12. Amen! With all the family that’s going to be stuffed into the same room for the holidays – I will be having several pieces of pie. I’ll choose my sanity over a few extra pounds.

  13. kepotts says:

    Could.Not.Agree.More! The holiday eats are amazing & well worth the indulgence. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Love this post! I have the same mindset!

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  16. You’re not an odd duck in my book! I’m totally with you and just talked about it earlier this week. Worrying about the holiday season because of the food is way more unhealthy than enjoying a piece of pie in my book.

  17. ColleenWhitneyBaker says:

    You’re my hero.

  18. I love this. I enjoy my sweets too! I’ve seen quite a few posts like this this year, so maybe healthy living blogs are moving in the right direction :) .

  19. can I get an AMEN!!! I absolutely LOVE this post girl.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family <3

  20. Love this and I totally agree. Sweets, here I come! haha.

  21. Yep I agree! It’s too nice a time of year to start panicking and depriving yourself. It’ll only make the time miserable.

  22. It’s impossible to follow the diet list in words in the festive time so ignoring the stress is much better option to enjoy the celebration completely. Thanks for the post of so many delicious items.

  23. evilcyber says:

    I agree: it all is a matter of moderation. The dosage makes the poison and life here and then should simply be enjoyed, not restricted 24/7.

  24. Tina says:

    I couldn’t agree more!

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