As we get ready for the holiday season we always see more and more news items designed to help you and I plan ways not to over eat and gain our winter weight.

I am at a point in my life where I try to eat a well-balanced diet and that doesn’t mean a pound of bacon in one hand and a pound of cookies in the other.  But I always fall short of that weight loss I desire.

I love salads but a recent news items warned us about the hidden calories in the salad dressing and fixings.   But I have always wanted to ask one of these so called experts if they would rather me eat empty calories or at least get some nutritional value

A friend of mine   was fond of saying “I never met a food I didn’t like”.  I am not that much of a foodie but I will eat almost anything.

Epically if it is not good for me.’

This was all brought on by a news items from the MEN’S JOURNAL   this is kind of a Readers Digest version

   We’re rolling up on the holiday season.  And if you want to minimize your calorie intake, here are six foods to stay away from . . .

  1. Eggnog.  Alcohol alone has a lot of calories.  Then you add eggs, sugar, and cream.  One cup can be 350 calories, compared to around 100 calories in a light beer. (I like my Eggnog without the nog.)

2.  Deviled Eggs. They have nearly twice as many calories as a normal egg because of all the mayonnaise. And just one of them has almost an entire day’s worth of cholesterol. (The Devil made me eat those)

  1. Meatballs.  They’re concentrated calorie balls that usually have a ton of fat.  So let your friend on the Paleo diet eat them . . . then you can laugh when they can’t figure out why they haven’t lost any weight yet. (That is so cruel, I prefer to laugh and the ones not eating the meatballs. If they are wrapped in bacon even better

4.  Spinach-Artichoke Dip.  The fact that spinach and artichoke are in the name makes it sound a lot healthier than it is.  The reason it tastes so good has a lot more to do with all the cheese and sour cream in there. (The best way not to gain weight with the dip is to not “DOUBLE DIP” I learned that from Seinfeld

5.  Pecan Pie.  Again, the fact that nuts are in there might make it sound healthy.  But there’s a ton of sugar, and nuts pack a lot of calories.  One slice of pecan pie has about 500 calories and 30 grams of fat, compared to 300 calories and 6 grams in pumpkin pie. (That is why my favorite pie is a combo pie it is a Pumpkin Pecan Pie, my wife makes it every holiday season and it is awesome)

  1. Hot Wings, especially when you watch football.  On the plus side, spicy stuff can boost your metabolism.  But it doesn’t even come close to making up for the 135 calories per wing.  And each one also has about 2.5 grams of saturated fat. (I love wings but I prefer the ones that are baked not fried)

I am not trying to be too critical of articles like this but hey but if I am at a Holiday gathering I am going to eat but I promise that I will try to eat a few things off that veggie tray, you know the one that the host or hostess is begging people to take the leftovers home.   Yeah that tray.  (Does anybody really eat those peppers?)

Before I end let me remind you that today is the birthdate of Curly Howard of the Three Stooges.   The Stooges low brow physical comedy is often overlooked by critics and to be honest with you the Stooge Fans demographic is Male dominate.

But there was something about Curly, he was brilliant comedic actor.  Most remember his as a Physical comedian.  But I think this shows his timing was incredible

Nuck Nuck Nuck

Today on the morning show: Parents are busy and today is national nut day

Stupid news: A GIANT COLON THEFT

Laff lines; going to the grocery store