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Cookies and cakes and pies, oh my! Holiday parties and family gatherings with loads of tasty treats that are plentiful and generously given. Friends and family spend their time baking and preparing these treats with the expectation that you will enjoy them. So what’s a girl to do?

You don’t want to add the extra pounds that come from eating these delicious foods, but you want to be able to enjoy them. You don’t want to appear rude to the people who have prepared the food by not eating them. Fear not. Here are five tips on how to enjoy the treats of the holidays without gaining those unwanted pounds.

Pre-meditate

Prepare yourself mentally before your holiday occasion. Instead of creating worry about all the things you can’t eat and have to avoid, think to yourself “I’ll make healthy choices about food.” This gets you out of the mode of thinking you can’t eat this and you can’t eat that which produces negative energy.

Serve Yourself

Portion control is the idea here. Focus on having the majority of what you eat be healthy choices. Save the treats until after, when your appetite is not as strong. If you believe your host will want to dish up your plate, kindly request that you serve yourself as you want to be conscious of what you are going to eat.

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Why is it okay to say “start eating” to those who are thin and not okay to “stop eating” to those who are obese? There are varying opinions being communicated to those who are naturally skinny when it comes to what they eat. What is being said is drastically different between men and women and none of which is being said has anything to do with promoting good health.

For men who are naturally thin we are used to hearing things like “you need to eat more, and eat something that sticks to your ribs (not to mention your arteries). I say we because I too have heard all my life the judgments of others related to my diet. I have always been naturally thin. This did not bode well for me when I was young as I was often ridiculed for being the skinny kid.

I ate. Yes, it was not uncommon for me to eat a large pizza all in one sitting. Cheeseburgers, fries, sweets, you name it. I could eat anything and not gain a pound. I lifted weights. It just made me hungrier and I was still thin, just now with well defined muscles. Frustrated, I went to my doctor to see if he could reveal to me why I could not gain weight. I was told “You just have a very high metabolism. You are not unhealthy, and just be glad you can eat whatever you want and not have to get fat.”

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Sappy holiday love songs play on your radio and over the speakers in stores as you do your holiday shopping. Countless commercials on television show the happy, adoring couples after he or she receives the ideal gift from the other. Family gatherings can also be an occasion that accentuates your single status leaving you feeling depressed because you don’t have that special someone to celebrate the holiday season with.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, the holidays can offer you a unique opportunity to have fun and enjoy the season without feeling like you're alone. First of all, you are not alone in being alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43.6 percent of adults over the age of 18 are single. So don’t let the music, commercials, or family influence give you the impression that you're being single is rare. It is not.

Click here for a few ideas on how to make your holiday season a happy time of year as it is meant to be while being single.