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The key: serve the food on the island!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Valuable lessons learned at two Thanksgiving meals:
Leave the serving dishes on the island or buffet table. Place a small, reasonable portion (you don't want to look like a pig!) on your plate, sit somewhere at the table where it's awkward to get out and don't return to where the serving dishes are. It's sooooo much easier if the serving dishes aren't passed around the table under your nose, like a siren calling your name...."just a little more dressing won't hurt!!!" Yeah, right!

The next time you stand up is to clear the table and get the dishes & silverware into some soapy water quickly before they accidentally enter your mouth with a forkful of mashed potatoes. Worked like a charm! At Christmas I'm going to stay as far away from the goodies as possible so they don't seduce me! Or get busy bussing tables, helping the hostess or reading a magazine in the bathroom (LOL) while the cookies are passed around the table.

Bottomline: The calories I don't put in my mouth don't have to be worked off on the treadmill!
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  • BEAMISH7
    What great ideas. I've never liked the trip back for seconds - so embarrassing. I'm stealing your stuff.
    4014 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4519295
    I found out at Thanksgiving that after I cooked all day for 27 people that I was almost too tired to each much of it. I am not certain I want to try that strategy again.
    I did like your soapy water trick. That might just work for me too.
    4014 days ago
  • CRAZYGYMGIRL
    Sounds like you have a plan and that my friend is half the battle.
    4015 days ago
  • LIS193
    What a great way to get through the holidays! I like that much better than "salting your dessert" like they said on one blog.
    It amazing how long your have to walk to "un-do" a piece of pie...
    4016 days ago
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