Monday, December 23, 2013

The Holidays

Have you noticed that there's lots of food involved in the holidays?  Silly question.  You are alive, I know you have noticed.  If you haven't, just google holiday recipes and you'll see.


It makes sense, I mean you want to get together with your family and friends, so what do you do?  You invite them over for lunch or dinner.  If you're hosting a party you serve snacks, right?  Me too.

There's just so much all the time.  Do you ever feel like you are drowning in recipes and food?  I do.  Take for example Thanksgiving.  We had 8 people at the table for Thanksgiving.  We made turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash casserole, corn pudding, green bean casserole, and rolls.  That's a lot of food!

Yesterday we had some family over for lunch and kept it simple.  Pork tender, roasted cauliflower and broccoli, stuffed artichoke casserole, and french bread.  Done.  We still had tons of leftovers!

One thing I am learning on this journey is that downsizing the menus helps tremendously!!  Think about it.  At Thanksgiving even with small portions my plate was overflowing with food!  And I even skipped one of the dishes.  Yesterday I loaded up on roasted veggies and had average size servings of everything else.  I think I did pretty well and I was full and satisfied.

I also caught myself doing something totally crazy for me the other day.  I didn't eat just because it was meal time!  I wasn't hungry.  I didn't eat.  It was wild!

I am starting to like this trusting listening to my body to tell me what to do.  I could get used to this.  Don't get me wrong.  I am not perfect, I am far from it.  But I am learning to make peace with food, with myself, and I am learning.

I like progress.

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