Visiting the supermarket, you can't miss them: Christmas magazines.
Sitting in their racks at the checkstand, they are the ultimate holiday flirt! Will this be the year you decorate like Martha, cook like Paula Deen .... and do it all while losing 10 pounds?
Of course not! Christmas magazines are wonderful sources for holiday inspiration, but without a reality check, they can lead you astray.
Stay grounded! Don't let Christmas magazines inflate your holiday expectations to the bursting point:
Before going grocery shopping, plan a "cook's choice" dinner, designed to use up leftovers. Toss the last bits of assorted vegetables and meats into a stir-fry, or chop and add to soup. French toast for dinner makes good use of stale bread and the last few eggs, while lasagne transforms scraps of meat and cheese into a hearty meal. After dinner, toss expired foods and wipe down the refrigerator. You're ready to shop!