Shhh…what’s the sound? It’s the unmistakable “pop” of a Tupperware lid being cracked open in the office break room. Then there’s the rustling of waxed paper and the crinkling of foil wrappers. Next, the smell hits you. Something sweet and buttery is wafting through the air. A few notes of rich cocoa are mixed in as well, and wait, is that ground cloves? You brace yourself with a forced smile. You know who it is. You know EXACTLY who it is. Every year, like clockwork, they descend, with hints of flour in their hair and cheeks gleaming. You’re not sure if it’s a twinkle in their eyes, or if it’s better described as a steely glint. They are THE HOLIDAY FOOD PUSHERS.
They come without ribbons; they come without tags. They come bearing packages, boxes and bags…and Tupperware containers full of fat- and sugar-laden, highly processed holiday sweets. They seem to be bent on a mission to sabotage your health and fitness goals for the entire month of December. What’s a busy professional to do? You barely had time for the gym the rest of the year, so let’s face it, this month isn’t looking so good. Keeping tabs on your eating choices was your one hope of still wearing pants for the last week of the month.