Thanksgiving begins the annual season of temptation, with a plethora of goodies making their appearance in offices and homes across the land. For someone like me, who understands only too well Oscar Wilde's famous remark that he could resist anything but temptation, it is not an easy time.

There will be candy, cakes, pies and cookies, delectable cheeses, wine and so much more around every corner. And the fact that my primitive "paleo" brain is programmed to urge me to pile on the pounds during cold weather will make it all the easier to say yes to thirds on that scrumptious dessert, or to have "just a little more" eggnog. You know how it goes.

And of course there are the holiday parties and family gatherings to provide yet more occasions for consumption. After all, it's just being sociable to partake, isn't it?

I should talk. For years, I have sent food gifts to my brothers and their families, and I don't mean veggie-of-the-month club. I think it started because 1) I like receiving gifts of food and 2) there was no worry about whether the recipient already had one of whatever, or whether it was the right size, etc. And it eliminated trying to figure out if they would like what I got. Everybody eats. With minor adjustments — one brother asked to receive fruit, rather than the bakery treats I'd been sending — you're golden.

A bit of gustatory indulgence in the last two months of the year is traditional, and probably not even a bad thing, if we are moderate about it. But there's the rub — moderation can be hard to achieve when everything looks so tasty, and there's so much of it. A little of this, a taste of that, and I gain 5 pounds, or 10.

Which is exactly what leads to all those January resolutions about exercise, fitness and dietary reform. Until Valentine's Day rolls around. Diets actually contribute to the problem, according to some authorities. For example, the writer Ann Lamott tells how a therapist said to her when she announced she was starting another diet, "That's nice, dear. And how much do you plan to gain?"

I know from bitter experience — most people never really lose weight; they just misplace it. Sooner or later, they always find it again. I've done it a number of times myself.

I don't want to start the holiday season on a down note, though. This year we will enjoy ourselves responsibly. We will be moderate. Chocolate pigs will fly!