Don't Eat The Sweet Treats

It's the holidays and sweets are everywhere! And while it is customary to give homemade cookies and cakes as a gesture of goodwill it is not necessary to eat all of that goodwill.

For this year, accept the homemade gifts with the intentions they were given and then throw the rest away. Maybe take a bite so you can genuinely ooo and ahh. But starving children are not any less hungry when you eat an entire tin of shortbread cookies and your relationship with your neighbor is not improved because you ate a whole cake with your tea.

Gifts are about the thought and effort with which they are given. Accept them in that spirit and move on. Feel no guilt for protecting your heart, your kidneys, and your waistline. Christmas is about love and that includes loving yourself.

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