TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — The Calories That Don’t Count

Without a doubt, the New Year’s resolution most often made — and broken — is the resolution to lose weight.

It’s been said that calories don’t count. But tell that to your bathroom scale after a long Thanksgivingn through Christmas through New Year’s holiday eating season.

Still, I believe there are certain calories that don’t count, or at least shouldn’t count when people are trying to lose weight.

Calories in the samples handed out at Widman’s or any other candy store shouldn’t count.

The same goes for pizza samples and whatever else is being offered up at the grocery store.

The calories in the freshly baked cookies next to the coffee at the bank — mine anyway — shouldn’t count.

Nor should the calories in the “try-a-bite-of-this” food offered from someone else’s lunch or dinner plate.

The same is true for any food “cleaned up” by a parent from a child’s plate.

No food consumed while cooking or baking should count.

The calories from any goodies brought in to any workplace at any time shouldn’t count any more than the hor d’oeuvres served at parties.

The same should be true for the calories in shared candy bars, popcorn etc., etc.

Feel free to add to this No Calorie Zone list, and Happy New Year from our table to yours. May your holiday weight gain be negligible.

5 thoughts on “TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — The Calories That Don’t Count”

  • Barbara La Valleur December 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I like the way you think. My addition: any dish our neighbor from Mexico brings over.

    1. Terry Dullum December 30, 2015 at 11:09 am


  • Helen Murphy December 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

    The calories in the frosting licked from the beaters and the fingers when making a cake or candy while making a gingerbread house should not count. I want to know where you bank.

    1. Terry Dullum December 30, 2015 at 11:10 am


    2. Terry Dullum December 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Helen…. I bank at Gate City Bank. They have fresh cookies every day.


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