It may be holiday season, but guess what? Fat doesn’t take a holiday!

Sure there are parties, lunches and open houses galore, but what you eat now will literally stick to your butt come January.

Put the party eating with the lack of sleep, lack of exercise and holiday drinking and you are sure to pack on the average 10 lbs over the month of December! Do you know how much work it is to take off 10 lbs?!

Save yourself, your friends and your family the angst and just say no, thank you.

Some of you may be aware that my husband has a new job. As excited as he may be, it also means a lot more socializing for me – a few corporate events in this month alone.

After the first two events, I noticed a pattern: lots of drinks, lots of unhealthy bread-wrapped finger foods, very few fresh vegetable options, no fresh fruit options and no healthy protein options.

So, I had a couple corporate events of my own and decided to see how healthy I could do it. I am working within a very tight budget – if I can do it, so can you!

I used no sugar, no flour, no fillers and no fake products of any kind. Here is a sample menu of finger food I made:

three types of homemade almond scones (plain, lemon and cocoa)

kale chips and salsa

fresh fruit platter with Greek yogurt dip

fresh veggies platter with dip

regular and sparkling lemon water with lemon wedges

unsalted nuts

dried fruit (with no sugar added)

80 percent dark chocolate

red wine

Finally, here is a little Christmas verse from a very good friend to keep you thinking and put down the eggnog. Happy Fit Holidays!

The Month-After-Christmas Diet Poem

‘Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house

nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste

at the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber)

I’d remember the marvellous meals I’d prepared,

the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

the wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese

and the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt

and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,

I said to myself, as only I can,

“You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!”

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip,

get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished

’till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick.

I’ll want to chew only on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome and life is a bore,

but isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,

Happy New Year to all and to all a damn good diet!”

This column is provided by Mrs. Lee Randell, independent fitness consultant, who is an ACE certified advanced health and fitness specialist and personal trainer. You can reach her at www.mrsleerandell.com.