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.