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Hidden Calories During the Holidays

Updated on December 19, 2011

Nibbles Add Up Do they ever. I've been watching the numbers on the scale go up instead of down this holiday season, much to my dismay. If you are like me and frustrated with the added weight, it might be time to add up all of the 'little' holiday nibbles that have made their way into your mouth. If like me you work in an environment where your customers, clients and patients bring goodies to thank you for what you have done for them over the past year, then it is practically impossible to not indulge. I work in a hospital and every day of the holiday season someone brings in a basket, tray or box of sweets. Yesterday, I wrote down every single little cracker, cookie and nut that entered my mouth, then added up the calories. A whopping 450. This on top of the meals I would normally eat during the course of the day. No wonder the scale has been going up!

Bad Choices vs. Good Choices Every woman's magazine in print usually has a December issue that has at least one article focusing on what you should and should not eat at a party. Which means that almost every woman in the world knows that crudite with no dressing is better for your waistline than those tiny little quiches or bacon wrapped anything. New rule. There are no bad choices. Well, maybe eggnog. The point is, you can fill your plate with all of the healthy nibbles in the world, but if your heart desires that 'pig in a blanket', chances are you will eventually eat that little doggie. So why waste calories on what you don't want just because it's healthy? Just remember that little wrapped weiners weigh in at 65 calories apiece, so you should probably have only one or two. If you are replacing a meal, say dinner, with appetizers then you have a 400-600 calorie allowance for all of those luscious bites. If you are going to have dinner after those appetizers, then you better keep your nibbles to no more than 200 calories.

Calories in Popular Appetizers & Drinks

Pigs in a Blanket 65

Mini quiches 60

Cheese cubes (1) 113

Mini spanakopita 190

Small Crackers(4) 80

Onion Dip(1 T.) 20

Baked Brie (1/10) 181

Smoked Almonds (10) 80

Egg Nog 343

Egg Nog w/Rum 440

Spiced cider 80

Champagne (4 oz.) 80

When Your Workplace is The Culprit What a temptation all of those gifts present! For me this poses the most difficult problem. Especially when you are having a stressful day, or are really tired. It's so easy to say, "I deserve it", or, "What's one little cookie, anyway?" Truth is, one little cookie isn't the problem. Ten little cookies is. So how do you avoid this temptation, or at least curb it? Ask if the baskets and trays of goodies can be placed in the break room or at least away from where you work. If treats are within easy reach, it is far more likely that you will nibble your way through the work day. If that's not possible, give yourself a 'treat allowance'. Get a small plate and select a couple of the items that you absolutely cannot resist. Because it is the holidays after all. Just remember, people may be dropping by every day with additional gifts, so indulge sensibly.

Your restraint should not ruin others' Indulgence Don't be a kill joy. Just because you are watching your weight doesn't mean that everyone else does or wants to hear about how well you've done not gaining weight over the holidays. What a crashing bore. Maybe your office mate has given themselves the gift of gaining five pounds over Christmas because it's absolutely their very favorite time of the year to indulge. No "I shouldn't", or "I've already eaten so much", especially from you skinny folks who look like you hide your pounds in your boots. Really, we don't care. Be festive, be giving, be thankful and share in the season.


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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Great Hub. It's so true how the holiday eating can do it's traditional "sneak attack" upon us when we least expect it. Next thing you know, we are chanting, "My New Year's Resolution will be.. to lose 20 pounds!" then pathetically walk to the fridge to finish off the pecan pie! I love it when we can read Hubs like yours to gently remind us to watch our morsels and just be careful!

      Happy Holidays!


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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, I guess it's lucky for me not to go to parties as we really haven't got to know anyone here expects neighbors on eitherside. Usually for any holiday it just us and my husbands son.