excess holiday treats: what to do with them?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2011-12-13 15:38:25 -0600
Started 2011-11-28 16:28:52 -0600

So one of the hardest things for me around this holiday time is being able to stay away from the treats that neighbors and friends bring by. I am pretty good at not buying christmas treats or making any so that I am not tempted, but you can't just refuse to accept a plate of goodies that someone gives you. Then they just sit on my counter and call my name. What do you do to stay strong when it comes to holiday treats?

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23 replies

Dan360 2011-12-13 09:00:11 -0600 Report

Here is a little different take on the issue of being tempted by something you are not supposed to have. Portion control. When I was diagnosed 5 years ago I got the message that I needed to watch the carbs or even eliminate them whenever possible. That was the wrong message. Carbs are an important part of our diet. If you crave something and believe you cannot have any, sooner or later the will power will cave. But, if you crave something and allow yourself to have a small portion you can better maintain your will power to control your diet.

jayabee52 2011-12-13 13:39:36 -0600 Report

That may work for you,Dan, but the way I am constructed mentally if I get something that I really like, portion control goes out the window. I usually take a portion, and it is SOOOO GOOOOD, that I find myself going back for seconds and thirds and back until the whole thing is gone. I have to know myself, and it is better for me if I don't even get started. I can stick to a meal plan if my mind doesn't get triggered by my taste buds to eat more.

That is how I managed with my ultra low carb eating plan by which I got off insulin, and all Diabetes meds, and manage my BGs strictly by what I eat and don't eat. My May 2011 A1c was 5.5 and I have lost about 50 lbs while keeping my BG levels in the normal range.

We all are unique, Dan. We each have to find "what works for ME!"

Dan360 2011-12-13 14:01:30 -0600 Report

I cannot argue with that. If it works for you go with it. I simply believe that there are real and legitimate pleasures to be had from eating. It cannot all be about denial of pleasure. It is not like quitting smoking where there is noting good to be had from having one more cigarette. There is something good to be had from enjoying food for the pure pleasure of it. I find moderation easier to deal with than denial.

wench911 2011-12-10 20:29:05 -0600 Report

I find if I keep myself cooking holiday goodies for others, I am less likely to nibble on them myself…Family & friends know I limit my intake of goodies and make sure they have healthy goodies on hand when I go visiting…

Young1s 2011-12-10 11:40:32 -0600 Report

Wrap small batches up in decorative cellophane or colored plastic wrap and hand them out to the people, as Gabby suggested below, that we encounter regularly. I did this for my kids teachers a few times, one time I even used some grab bags that were left over from a birthday party.

GabbyPA 2011-12-10 08:19:42 -0600 Report

Little take home plates are wonderful! The mail man, the lawn man, the hair dresser...share the goodies around.

Montanacharlie 2011-12-10 05:59:01 -0600 Report

Well you could lock yourself in the closet until Jan 27 (my Birthday) or you could Just ask all your friends over for a party and make sure they eat it up and take home the leftovers !! The closet my not be the best idea, too lonely LOL

berrykins0 2011-12-07 17:46:57 -0600 Report

give them to somebody that can eat them and ask yourself why people eat these things you know you like to them they shouldn't eat them either.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2011-12-09 17:21:35 -0600 Report

that is a good idea to pass them on to someone else to eat. I think I will try that.

Poppop1961 2011-12-09 20:55:57 -0600 Report

I agree with Caroltoo. Take them to a Sr. Center. I'm sure they would enjoy the treats with there coffee, tea or what ever they are drinking.

vijo 2011-11-29 16:08:05 -0600 Report

take them to your church or sunday school class for that special treat that day.

annesmith 2011-11-29 00:42:03 -0600 Report

I rarely snack…treats are for some reason not a big thing for me…in fact, I've been told I need to snack…one thing that might help is if you tell the people offering it to you that you just ate a big meal, and that you like to take care of your diabetes in general…that always works for me…sincerely, ANNE

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 20:23:05 -0600 Report

I don't have that problem at home. But at work it is BAD!!! Between the patients baking stuff and the different companys we work with (supplies, ambulances,etc) Our table in the break room overflows and groans at Christmas time. I'm usually pretty good at staying out of it, but sometimes…! I will just have to stay extra strong and hope everyone else is WEAK!! LOL JK
Good Luck, Mickey
p.s. I'm sure there are soup kitchens, shelters and the like that would love to have the treats.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-28 19:27:38 -0600 Report

My suggestion is to contact these people before they bring you "goodies" and let them know how much you appreciate their kindness and the work they go through to create these tempting treats but that you are diabetic and you cannot resist them. Let them know that if you indulge in just one that you are a gonner and will finish them all off them will have to face some serious health issues because. It is ok to let them know how it hurts you to ask them not to gift these to you.
Many people really enjoy making a variety of sweets for the holidays to share with family and friends. I think that if they are generous enough to want to share these with you they will also understand your health issues. This year I have informed my family and friends that I will not be giving out the usual trays of holiday treats because I can't resist eating sweets as I make them.
Jralphs I hope this helps you,

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