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Shedding Pounds this Holiday Season on the NEW Candy Cane Diet

The holidays are a time of joy, spending time with family, friends, and avoiding fruitcake at all costs. Throughout December, we’re bombarded by platters of brownies, pies, cookies, cheese plates, gin fizzes and those tins of stale flavored popcorn. When I’m offered sweets or appetizers at work, cocktail parties and my parent’s house, it’s easy to put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. There are all kinds of diets out there, from Atkins, to “Cookie Diets,” Kardashian weight loss drinks, and the much talked about HCG, but what works for you?

In order to combat the added calories, I developed a very simple “Candy Cane Diet” that works which I  first jokingly blogged about on MySpace back in 2005. Sounds weird, right? But believe it or not, people actually used MySpace at one time. And for the handful of friends that may have read it six years ago, I’ve been on this seasonal diet (Nov-Jan) since then and revised the plan with even more research to back up my findings.

I guess I’d technically be the official spokesperson for “The Candy Cane Diet” 🙂

Last week when I arrived to my parents house with a few boxes of Bob’s Candy Canes, my dad knew they weren’t tree decorations and said, “Are you back on the ‘Candy Cane Diet’ Dale?” The answer was “yes” and here’s how it works: I’ll keep it short and sweet:

The Facts
1. Peppermint works as a natural appetite suppressant. I noticed years ago that eating a peppermint candy cane after a meal kept me full and not reaching for more goodies.

2. This diet is less expensive than weight loss supplements, drinks, or paid programs.

3. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this diet works and canes can be substituted with Peppermint tea.

Bob’s Peppermint Candy Canes (Any brand is ok)- 40 Calories each (Less than $2 a box)
Diet Plan*
1. Eat a well balanced breakfast around 400 calories. It’s okay to drink coffee too 🙂
2. After a reasonably portioned lunch, skip the cupcakes or cookies and grab a candy cane
3. Snack around 3pm-Like oranges, nuts,
pretzel crisps, string cheese, greek yogurt with honey & berries
4. After dinner, as soon as you feel full instead of indulging in desserts, grab a candy cane
5. Doing steps 1-4 most days will allow you to eat more at a holiday dinners or events during Dec.

*Actual weight loss results may vary and may increase tooth decay, (but trust me it works). The candy cane must be the standard size & peppermint flavor (watermelon, blueberry or fruity candy canes won’t work. (Box of 12= 40 calories each. Try to stick to 2-3 canes a day)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This diet is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And exercise (even if it’s just walking) and drinking H20 helps, as with any diet. 🙂

Added Benefits:
1. A candy cane is a festive edible accessory during the holidays. Cuter than a lollipop, and much healthier than cigarettes. Plus, they easily fit in your purse, pocket or clutch.

2. No hostess will feel the need to force goodies or egg nog down your throat if they see you with candy.

3. Minty fresh breath. (In case you meet Mr. or Mrs. right or right-now under the mistletoe)

4. You can lose weight & still eat your favorite holiday foods in reasonable portions a couple times a week. 

5. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) soothes upset stomachs. For example, I was feeling a slightly nauseous Sunday night during the premiere of “Kim and Kourtney Take New York.” I reached for a candy cane which immediately helped and I know a box of Bob’s will get me through the entire awkward season of Kim K. and Kris Humphries pretending to “make” their 72-day marriage work.
I just read yesterday in Better Homes & Garden magazine, (Dec. 2011, pg. 181) that “Next time you need a nudge to exercise, try a peppermint stick. Studies suggest the fresh scent can rev mental energy and boost athletic performance.”  If I see A-Rod sniffing a a candy cane during spring training next year, I’ll know this is true.

In conclusion, there are soo many different diets out there that I made up “The Candy Cane Diet” because I love candy and trying to avoid my favorite foods just makes me crave them more so this worked.
Do you have your own holiday eating habits or diet tricks? 
I hope you’re having a great week & thanks for all the support on my blog. I really appreciate it 🙂

Sidenote– My friend, Thomas, is a professional photographer & takes my blog photos in N. California. If you want to take a family photo to send out a lovely, creative or funny holiday card, please email tomagado@gmail.com for more information

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  1. but too much candy is not good :P)

  2. I love to alternate between the tea and the candy, great post!!


  3. Pretty Affair says:

    i can never stick to any diets but this one sounds right up my street!! :))

  4. CottonCandyINK says:

    i love this post, I’m so into fitness and nutrition being a certified personal trainer has made me this way for life

  5. Good idea, I’ll have to try that!

  6. indie.electronic.alternative. says:

    this is super cute, but i’m not a diet believer. i think too many people starve, then binge, then ultimately fail when they do it. i like the idea of a candy cane for a sweet during the holidays. but i’ll stick to six small meals a day 🙂 i literally eat every 3 hours and it’s the slimmest i’ve ever been!
    now you’re making me realize i need to go buy some candy canes and decorate!

  7. Fashion-isha says:

    This is awesome. I am a healthy eater in general but would love to lose like 5 lbs and I thnk this might help me. Instead of focussing on what you can’t have…this is about having something yummy!

  8. miss andrea lee says:

    This is too funny! But its a great idea! I will def be snacking on some candy canes!

  9. Lost.in.Idaho says:

    I’m a big fan of peppermint tea, and that’s less sugar. I’m not that big of a sugar-head.

    Awesome idea! And so Christmasy!

  10. Girlie Blogger says:

    I like candy canes anyway, so this is a good diet for me.

  11. Flashes of Style says:

    Lovee your poncho! <3



  12. Taylormarie says:

    Im deffinantly going to start this diet!

    Thanks for the idea Dale!

    Xo Taylor Hill

  13. This is a diet made for me! haha Great post! I am going to try this =)

  14. I’m already a fan of this diet! 🙂

  15. just don’t go overboard, you already look great. 😀

  16. great post!!! yummy candy… hmmmn.. love your top, so fab!!! well as for me am sticking to more vegies and fruits on my diet and controlled carbs… living healthy is really a must these days…

    visit my blog for my international christmas giveaway…


  18. Vanessa@Luxuria says:

    Wow! I can’t buy Candy Cane in Spain, but I can buy Peppermint tea, so I will try that. What I’ve been doing (and it happened by accident) is eating a cup of popcorn (plain with no toppngs) 1 hour before lunch and dinner. I’ve found that I eat so much less of my lunch; maybe 50% less amd rarely want dinner in the evenings. I’m really not sure how healthy popcorn is;I should investigate. Perhaps you know Dale?
    Hope you’ve entered our Giveaway Sweets xx

  19. Oh yay, this sounds like the most delicious diet. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it! Thanks for sharing! If I find any candy canes here in SA, I will be following as well.

  20. wow great post! I never knew peppermint had such benefits! You look so cute in the pics as well 🙂

    hope you had a happy thanksgiving !



  21. Chyrel Gomez says:

    love the trivia. 🙂

  22. Clara Turbay says:

    Gorgeous pieces and glam style!


  23. Saltos de Cristal says:
  24. Silvertigo says:

    Okay, it’s decided. Must buy candy canes tomorrow ;)Thanks for sharing this! xoxo

  25. What a great idea! My trick is to keep doing what I’m doing, but increase exercise and water intake. I’ll definitely consider trying this though 🙂

  26. Gawd I needed this right before Thanksgiving….
    I have been eating so much everything is already tight and it’s not even december. Thanks for the tip:)

  27. you are gorgeous!! very nice blog post 🙂 definitely following your blog! hopefully you will follow mine back 🙂


  28. Sarah Jane says:

    I am obsessed with anything flavored peppermint, so I was very happy to read this post 🙂 I just stumbled upon your blog this afternoon and had to become a follower. I look forward to reading muchhhh more. Gorgeous photos, girl!


  29. That is something new! Stunning pictures, by the way!

    P/S: Come by and enter my current giveaway for a chance to win a charm bracelet, if you like!



  30. Maria- CityLaundry says:

    aw you are to cute! this is a really great idea, i’m a fan!
    haha 🙂
    hope your having a nice day!


  31. Closet Fashionista says:

    Hehe this is so true!! I should go out and buy a box of candy canes right now 😀 …except its 10pm

  32. Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark says:

    I’m incapable of dieting, but I LOVE candy canes lol. REALLY weird but my friends s/n back in like middle school was savvyspice and then some numbers! The first time I saw your blog link I totally thought it was her.

  33. Awww i love those candies as well,and i like the wat you’re dressed,totally following your blog

    Check out mine as well if you want and follow if you like it:

    xoxo Teo

  34. Sounds yummy, I love anything that has peppermint , it´s my favorite flavor !


  35. Wow never knew this! Don’t ike candy at all yet aline candy canes but this is good to know will pass it to my friends cute pics! Xo

  36. This sounds like the perfect diet!

  37. Lucca Yoga says:

    Thankyou for your comment on my blog 🙂 Following you back.

    Lucca Yoga

  38. Alice McGenniss-Destro says:

    love this posttt!! couldn’t have read it at a better time 🙂

  39. Joanna K. says:

    Love your blog following you!!
    I’d love it if you check out mineand tell me what you think!!

  40. Camylla Leonardi says:

    Woahh this diet actually sounds duable!
    I might just give it a try! 🙂

    Happy Thursday LOVE <3

  41. Wow, I had no idea peppermint was an appetite supresser…I knew about cinnamon, but this is great, thanks for all of the tips!
    xo Cara

  42. navy and orange says:

    great idea and who doesn’t love candy canes this time of year?!

    xoxo navy & orange

  43. Never heard of this! What an interesting concept!

  44. Chanel Tonè says:

    This is amazing. Not just this website but this candy cane diet. It’s unheard of! Totally fun and exciting. I hope you are not on this diet or any diet for that matter cause surely you don’t need it 😉

    Thank you so much for the awesome comment and for following me and of course you have a new follower as well. I’m really excited about connecting with you and hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    Stay FABulous!

  45. Audrey Leighton says:

    ah i dont have my own tricks but maybe i should get some



  46. I hope this works! It sounds like a really festive way to diet this time of year! Although, I do hope you don’t get black teeth! 🙂



  47. Dale I never ever heard of this amazing and oh so sweet diet! I’m definitely trying it out since I already have a few candy canes just laying around. This is genius!!! and you look absolutely gorgeous on your photos doll. Happy Holidays.

    <3 Marina

  48. Your blog is awesome. Thanks for coming by ours because it made me go into yours and I love it. I’m your new follower now.
    By the way, Love your hair!!! I hope you do hair tutorial posts because I love finding out about cool easy hair styles <3

  49. The Blossom Shed says:

    Excellent diet! Do you think candy cane ice cream would count? Because I could definitely get on board for that.


  50. I’m soooo trying this! LMAO @ I felt a little nauseous during the premiere of “Kim and Kourtney Take New York”

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