This past weekend I learned that I couldn't keep caramel corn in my house. If I try, I'll gain weight because I can't keep myself from eating it!
I overindulged, but didn't allow myself to feel guilty. Instead, I used the experience as an opportunity to learn. I now know that I cannot make homemade caramel corn. Or that if I do, I must have a plan in place.
In this time of food gifts, and food making, it may be wise to formulate a plan of your own for dealing with the onslaught of tempting holiday treats.
Ignoring food works, as long as you "ignore" to bring it home. Because once it's home, it's almost impossible to ignore. Discarding food is the most difficult choice, but if you're losing the battle it may be the wisest.
Stowing food for later can be useful. Many foods, when wrapped properly, can be frozen or tucked into a cupboard to be enjoyed later. An easy trick someone taught me is to stow the food in individual servings that limit the amount of food -- and calories.
Giving food away can work as well, but make sure you wrap and package it quickly. I placed my second batch of caramel corn in individual tins as soon as it cooled. Then I sealed them with tape and ribbon. And yes, that worked to keep me out!
Megan Porter, RD