Tuesday, December 27, 2011
As we were saying our grace before eating our Christmas dinner, I glanced around and thanked God for all of the gifts we had before us. There are many people who are without anything this holiday season. I am blessed. Then it struck me. "Look at what you are serving," I said to myself! Yes, we had plenty of turkey and there was cranberry jelly too. None of us eat gravy, mashed potatoes or rolls so I didn't even make them this year. I did make a large bowl of my famous whole wheat stuffing with Smart Balance spread (with flax seed oil), chopped sautéed onion, chopped sautéed apple and herbs. It was very moist and delicious! (It only lasted until the next night) I also made three different kinds of vegetables; corn, broccoli and carrots. On these three, I filled the bowls to the top. The home made pumpkin pie was made with Splenda, pumpkin, spices, reduced fat evaporated milk and egg whites. I sent half of the pie home with our guests. It would have been just as good without the crust. I only had a piece that was about .25 of an inch wide because I was so full of veggies. Later I ate a piece of chocolate and a modest serving of pecan frozen yogurt. I was totally satisfied and so was my family. That was a surprise. There were no complaints or suggestions for improvement this year either.
Dinner was at 2:30p.m. and I thought I'd be hungry again later. I ate a snack and then my frozen yogurt and that was it for the remainder of the day. I did find that I was very thirsty however so I was drinking water like crazy. Most likely this was due to the fact that the kitchen was warm and I was rushing around like a crazed chef, trying to get everything on the table at the same time. I even managed to get in a .75 mile walk in after we cleaned up the kitchen. The exercise felt good before my exhaustion set in. I found myself nodding off as the family was watching a movie and everyone laughed! I excused myself and went to bed. It was only about 8:30p.m.!
I would have preferred to go a little heavier on the exercise during the time when my daughter was visiting. I particularly wanted to take her to water aerobics class with me to meet everyone. But it was not to be, due to a cut on her foot. We did manage to take several long walks together. She tried to do three walks per day; some with me some with the dogs, while I was doing holiday preparations. We talked about nutrition, eating habits and food likes and dislikes. She commented on all of the fruits and veggies in the refrigerator! While she was visiting, she ate lots of nutritious food as well as favorite recipes that I have re-done in a more healthy way. I know that I most likely seemed obsessive to her but as her mother, I love her and I want her to be healthy. I've also found that I love myself and I want me to be healthy too.