Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Holiday Diet Plan

So, I’ve started hiding food.

From myself.

I feel altogether NUTS and proud at the same time. I mean, am I this person now? The person that hides Halloween candy in the coat closet until the first ding-dong kicks off the trick-or-treating extravaganza?

Remember my Chocolate Caramel Apple from last week? It spent some time in a infrequently used cabinet before it was time to enjoy it.

Hidden Treat.

On the other hand…it worked. As I unloaded groceries several days before Halloween, my mind beat to the steady drum of “twixtwixtwixtwixtwix”. In a huff, I swung two grocery bags of candy into the coat closet and didn’t think about them again until it was time to start hosting trick-or-treaters.

So far, I haven’t had one single piece of Halloween candy—I sent the extra to work with my husband. Instead, I enjoyed a delicious slice of chocolate birthday cake on Sunday evening as a pre-Halloween treat.

But now. NOW. Oh, man…we’re about to run the holiday food gauntlet.

Mmmmmm. Pie.

Now through New Year’s, there will be no shortage of food-centered festivities. This delights me to no end. It is my FAVORITE time of the year. I staked claim on my numerous Thanksgiving dishes a few weeks ago. Thanks to Pinterest I have big plans for my oven for the next two months. My husband is home more this time of year and I’ve already requested his French Onion Soup and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

I refuse to hide from the holidays. I don’t want to grit my teeth “get through” a party because a dessert table runneth over. I don’t want water when the evening calls for wine.

So it’s time to ponder and plan.

To make peace with a slower descent down the scale in favor of a holiday season rich in experiences and the occasional pile of monkey bread. To keep my holiday diet healthy without feeling like the crazy food hider. To find a way to wedge more physical activity into an already packed holiday season.

I just got a flier in the mail from the rec center in my town. The pool is open for lap swimming on Thanksgiving morning. If you’re looking for me between 8 and 10, I’ll be earning my pie.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Nine Weight: 180.5 pounds (-4 pounds this week / -15 pounds total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

How do you handle the holiday food parade? Have you ever hidden food?

Read the previous Healthy Living for Mom posts…
Healthy Living for Mom: Rewards
Healthy Living for Mom: The Spiral 
Healthy Living for Mom: Portion Control 

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  3. Allison Randall 11/03/2011 at 10:42 am

    I was thinking along the same lines as I was trying to fall asleep last nigh! Worry, worry, eh?
    I think I’m gonna interview a Weight Watchers guru and get the low down on how to survive the holiday gorge-fest. I’ll keep you, uh, posted… pardon the pun. 🙂

  4. Carina Wytiaz 11/02/2011 at 11:32 pm

    My best defense is being snobby about food. When I begin to get the plates of foods and face party platters, if it’s not good, I don’t eat it anymore. In fact, I throw it away immediately. Why? Because for some reason you’ll eat it even if you don’t like it. Bizarre!

  5. Amy Allen Johnson 11/02/2011 at 10:56 pm

    This Mama’s thinking a rec center pass ought to be wrapped under my tree this year. Went swimming tonight with the 3 munchkins.. not exactly a high-cardio workout, but at LEAST I was in the pool, people. Baby steps. Way to go, Erin!

  6. Allison Y. 11/02/2011 at 9:27 am

    Yeah, 4 pounds down, that is awesome! Are you doing more exercise too?

  7. Erica Fehrman 11/02/2011 at 7:38 am

    Minus 4 pounds–go you!!! Check out Healthy Living magazines recipes. They’re SO good and might be able to help shave off some calories. All my favorite Thanksgiving recipes come from HL.

  8. Raejean 11/02/2011 at 7:08 am

    I enjoy the holiday foods, just small servings. Most importantly, I keep up with my exercise routine despite the business of the season. It’s my gift to myself!