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Survived Two New Year's Day Parties

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

My friend, Bill, and his wife have an open house every New Year's Day. She cooks up a storm and lays out a spread that is unbelievable. Instead of pigging out this year, I watched with satisfaction as several people served up brimming plates and went back three or four times. I had one slice of cheese, one slice of turkey, two olives, and lots of celery and carrot sticks. I went back for seconds on celery. I drank water.

It gave me just as much satisfaction watching others stuff themselves as I used to get cleaning my plate, but without the bloat. I have realized that I do get a huge sense of satisfaction when I clean my plate no matter what is on it. So now I fill my plate with healthy, low-cal foods and still feel satisfied. I also ate little because another friend had invited me to her house later.

Elisabeth is from Brazil and has been promising to cook Brazilian food for me for months. Yesterday she delivered big time. But even this was healthy, if hard to enter in the food tracker. Codfish cooked in coconut milk, chayote [Mexican squash], potatoes, black eyed peas, rice, sautéed kale. It was delicious. Harder to dodge the bullet at this sit-down dinner, but I managed pretty well. Stayed within my calorie range, including two macaroons.

Still, I'm so glad that the party season is over. I love my friends but I don't want them to feed me.
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    Congratulations on a great holiday season. We are bombarded by false messages that tell us that food is love or that the holidays are not merry without fat bomb foods. How smart you were to save your calories for the jantar brasileira (Brazilian dinner). Calories well spent and fun at the same time. A great win for you!
    1807 days ago
    Sounds like you did great! emoticon emoticon
    1807 days ago
    You did a great job of making healthy choices!!!!
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    1808 days ago
    Way to go, Beth! That's fantastic!
    1808 days ago
    Congrats to you. It isn't easy. emoticon
    1808 days ago
    Amazing place you have come to!
    1808 days ago
  • OTEN36
    wonderful Job!
    I have to say that in the last 11 months that this eating lesson at parties or buffets has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. I'm not saying I enjoy it yet. I still feel panicky but do "Get It" that I can't stay home all the time or avoid restaurants. Life goes on. But I'm still at that tender place where I have to think hard about it all. Have a plan and be willing and fast acting when plans go in a different direction.
    I'm really proud of you and thanks for helping me wtih all of this.
    Your sharing your experiences have helped me.
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  • JACKIE542
    You did really again, but I agree, I am glad the party season is over too, it was almost unbearable this year. emoticon
    1809 days ago
    Can so relate to the statement "I love my friends but don't want them to feed me". One of my close friends is an awesome cook, but uses lots of, for lack of a better word, unhealthy methods of cooking and gets a little upset when I don't want to eat everything she's laid out. So, I too am happy to get back to a more normal schedule. Thanks for the inspirational blog! Happy New Year!
    1809 days ago
    What resolve, Beth! Fantastic!
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  • ARIVER11
    Congratulations on your resolve to stick to healthy eating during the holiday season! That brazilian dish sounds amazing. I hope you had fun at the parties! emoticon
    1809 days ago
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