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My father, a dentist, had a rule for Halloween candy: eat as much as you want tonight, but it’s in the trash tomorrow morning. I’ve always thought that was a fabulous way to handle holidays. Go ahead and enjoy yourself, but get back to your normal routine for eating and exercising the next day.

But it’s hard for me. The hangers-on get me—the last two pieces of apple pie, the Tupperware full of mashed potatoes and the last of the eggnog. Truth be told, it’s not just during the holidays that I have trouble with it. When I decide to surprise my husband with brownies (his favorite), what happens to the rest of the pan after everyone has had their piece? Well, in our house, it sits on the counter out of the children’s reach, patiently awaiting the 9 o’clock TV show and my craving for anything sweet. And isn’t there a little leftover ice cream in the freezer that would go perfectly with this?

I know that the diet gurus all say to eat a snack before heading to holiday dinners so that you don’t eat too much.  But where is the fun and celebration in that? I admit that I love the pig-out day. So what should I do?

Even Brownies

The writer of Ecclesiastes notably said, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Even brownies?) And later in the same chapter he adds, “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 12-13).

Potentially conflicting thoughts come from the writer of Proverbs (whom many believe to be the same man): “Do not join those who drink too much wine and gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (Proverbs 23:20, 21).

My version of these texts would be something like: Enjoy the holidays, and your brownies, but if you eat too many you might turn into one. So wrap up the extra pieces and send them home with your friends and take yourself out for a walk instead!

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