There's not much fun in restricting your diet over the holidays. Of course, you can make sure you eat in moderation, enjoying the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa foods without stuffing yourself. But to deny the pleasure of them entirely would be foolhardy, and a risk I'm not prepared to take.
What's the risk, you ask? Good question! The risk is that in denying myself the enjoyment of holiday treats, I might actually give myself over to them. You know how it is - bottle your feelings up long enough and before long you're exploding. Prevent yourself from having even a spoonful of ice cream at a gathering and when you get home you devour the entire 1.89 liter bucket. All or nothing. Famine or feast.
So I'm going to partake without going wild. And I'm going to plan for conscientious change in the new year. Not a New Year's resolution - I'm not big on those - but a goal to strive for.
To that end, I've identified several books I want to read on the topic:
28 Days of Clean Eating: the Healthy Way to Kick Dieting Forever - Sonoma Press