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  1. I love food, all aspects of it, looking at pictures and recipes about it, shopping for it, preparing it, talking about it, and eating it. I am just ‘feeding my soul’ when I indulge.

  2. Every year, I pay tribute to my dearly departed Grandma, who loved to feed me at Xmas, by stuffing myself. This is a tradition!

  3. Why oh why are you encouraging diets? There is absolutely nothing wrong, and a heck of a lot right, with mindfully enjoying and savoring chocolate, pie, cookies, whatever. Unless you have to go on a specific diet (ie. Celiac or allergies), enjoying the gifts of this world is a beautiful thing. Perhaps you have somewhere useful you’re going with this, but where it stands, what a destructive post, reaffirming the typical dieting status quo and the idea of needing to excuse ‘bad’ behavior.

  4. Advised to spend more quality time with my husband…we went out to dinner tonight and ate our hearts out…it was fun!

  5. My go-to-excuse: I’m in the twilight of my life, food is my comfort, I might as well enjoy everything I can, while I can.
    For everyone I can convince of that rationale, I could get rich selling swamp-land in Ohio. he he he

  6. thanks everyone – have enjoyed all humour & thoughtful comments – i can defintely relate to all!!! seems to me that more than ever it is so easy to access something to eat whenever & wherever the desire strikes (whether actually hungry or not) eg. fast food & take away & pre-prepared food/edibles in grocery stores & even petrol stations, at any time of the day or night. it does require self-control to choose to wait, & purchase healthy to take home & prepare & then mindfully eat. especially if running short of time, etc!

  7. If I finish off all of the cookies (or brownies, cake, ice cream, etc) now, they will no longer be there to tempt me.

  8. My best excuse: If G-d didn’t want me to have it she wouldn’t make it so readily available to me.

  9. Well, it’s the word . . diet
    The first 3 letters are “die”
    Does that sound healthy to you???

    • Thank you for the sensible ctqiirue. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.

  10. We are learning to bust traditions – no turkey this year my adult daughter has asked for pizza on Christmas Day…and I said “Why not” – such freedom in busting all those burdensome traditions!!
    I have no built in excuses for the food choices I make but the breaking of traditions certainly seems to be helping open doors to other choices.

  11. Just hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt.

  12. My all time favorite excuse — “lets share a piece of _____, we can save calories that way and still get a “bite”.
    Mine you the cheesecake or ice cream or whatever is already 1500 calories for one slice!! Holy cow!

  13. I don’t have to worry, he loves me the way I am…

  14. Whipped cream? It’s full of air! (my Mom)

  15. I have self-control, once that dessert is not placed in from refridgerator.

  16. Hey, I can either have this … or you’ll meeet my twin Sybil… your choice!

  17. If the cookie is broken, all the calories fall out.

  18. If I eat only one cookie it will go to one hip and I’ll be out of balance. Better eat two!

  19. I need this_____to get me through this difficult day… problem is: in this economy every day can be difficult.

  20. It isn’t the just excuses that get most of us in trouble with food, I believe. It is eating without thinking; unconsciousness. When I plan to eat a certain amount of food at the outset of a meal or decide ahead of time how much to pile on my plate at a party, or measure the amount of chips I eat at a sitting, I can control my intake. But when I dive in without thinking, look out!
    So maybe taking a second to say a blessing of thanks before “designing” my plate and at the same time formulate a small strategy for the event is a good idea. Now to listen to my own counsel.

  21. Calories eaten in the dark don’t count! Also “round” calories don’t count ( so eat cookies, not bars or squares!) LOL

  22. It doesn’t count if you eat it standing up.

  23. It’s not about dieting. It’s about choosing to eat correctly every time we put something in our mouth.

  24. Here’s the one I hear more than any other – FOR EVERYTHING, not just diets – and its their red light that stops them cold…
    It’s hard.

  25. The best time to start a diet is to never start a diet.
    Don’t eat with your eyes, eat with your stomach, and my stomach is saying eat everything!

  26. After all… tomorrow is another day.

  27. My power went out and I had to eat the ice cream before it melted… even though it was breakfast time.

  28. The funniest I have heard is “Tastes, nibbles and bites don’t count.”
    Seriously people aren’t becoming overweight from the occasional occasion, or holiday celebration. Planning to have a treat or holiday meal is key, then being mindful of portions is important. We are “hardwired” to seek out sugar salt and fats, and foods we eat are meant to be enjoyed, however we can all learn to choose life giving foods and drink and enjoy them too.

  29. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Clare. Actually, the problem is that we all know we have excuses. But, deciding to not have them doesn’t generally work, it just encourages unconscious resistance. Our purpose and hope was that by injecting humor, we could lightly and gently poke fun of them.

  30. I worked hard today… I deserve a reward!

  31. “If you eat in fast, then your body doesn’t register the calories!”

  32. My best exuse is:
    Not to day, tomorrow, I will beguin a healthy diet with exercises…

  33. This is a “family excuse” but one that I heartily subscribe to: Life is short, eat dessert first!

  34. I am a “bottom feeder”. My kids leave so much good food on their plate.

  35. Well, I cannot let this go by…because of the “weight-ism” in our society. At age 64, what I have learned about this topic, is that there is validity to ALL the excuses…there IS a supply of antioxidants in chocolate, we DO want to enjoy comfort food with others or have a treat on our own…and should’t walk around depriving ourselves of one of life’s pleasures. The sad thing is most of us DO! So we joke about it. But if you read the stats, eating disorders are on the rise, and children as young as 5 are already on that path. Let’s look deeper at how our economic and social systems set us up for this type of addiction, and how we can work to slow down and make room for buying local, and preparing foods that are good for us, made in a tasteful way. Then we won’t have to “yo-yo” diet!..and we can have fun with food! I know this is not funny, so I am not looking to win…just to give some “food for thought”.

  36. I would stop eating chocolate but i’m not a quitter.

  37. I’m already married. I don’t have to impress anyone.

  38. Everyone celebrates on holidays, even diets. Holidays give purpose to diets.

  39. When I don’t eat enough I get dizzy…

  40. My adrenals are dependent on lots of fat and protein, seriously!

  41. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so just a bit of each.

  42. Just this once.

  43. I need sweets to have sugar to burn when I exercise so i’ll just have one (piece of pie, cake, cookie, etc)

  44. I’m having some ME-time – because I’m worth it!!