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The shortbread cookies won’t get you. It’s what you THINK about the shortbread cookies that can turn holiday eating from festive to fearful. It’s easy to slip into Full Catastrophe Thinking over the holidays when food is aplenty!

I know what turning a couple extra cookies into a major catastrophe can do – it can turn to 20 in the blink of an eye (or passing of a fear-based thought).

I’d have more than I felt good about, maybe having four instead of two. Fear of gaining weight, shame over losing control and plans for depriving myself to “make up for” it were instant. The stress and disappointment were huge and impacted the quality of my life and holiday for sure.

Holiday and Social Eating

I nodded politely but my mind was on diet math and fantasizing about 5 minutes alone with the butter tarts. Famished, my control slipping I would start to question my strategy of “saving all my points and calories today” to offset holiday drinks and dinner. On paper it should work but it never did.

Where there’s food there’s fun! Really? That’s not how I felt when I was trapped on the diet rollercoaster. I was terrified of gaining any weight and didn’t feel I could “control” mysefl. Where there was food there was fear. Sugary, fatty forbidden foods I dreamed of… everywhere.

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Light Spaghetti Squash Apple "Pie"
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  • 1 medium cooked spaghetti squash* (around 4 cups)
  • 2 medium apples, chopped or sliced**
  • 3 eggs (or 6 egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup raisins or cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray an 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Chop cold cooked squash into rice-size pieces. Add chopped squash, apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg to egg and sugar mixture. Mix well and pour into baking dish. and mix well.
  3. Bake on middle rack for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  4. *Roasted squash is best but you can microwave it. Just be sure to squeeze out extra liquid.
  5. **I don’t peel my apples so chopping them small works well. If slicing they are best peeled.


(This is how to eat your veggies!) Shockingly amazing. The perfect sweet and healthy finish to a heavier meal. Serve plain as a simple but delightful afternoon or evening snack with a steaming cup of Gingerbread Coffee. Bump it up for company with ice cream or Greek yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup and toasted walnuts.

Wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, lower calorie and healthy source of fruit, vegetable and protein (for dessert!).

Cara Lyon is genius! Check out her link for the original inspiration. Cara Lyon’s Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins