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Staying at my in-law's house... challenges!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This weekend will prove to be a challenge. We traveled out of town to stay with my in-laws for 3 days. My mother-in-law is an adorable little Jewish woman, who has a mantra of "Eat! Eat!" Oy vey! To avoid this, we made two prep phone calls.. one (my husband took care of) and let her know that I was really trying to be healthier and I had to count all of my food intake, eat., so not to worry aout my food.

The second call (I made), and let her know that we really appreciated them having us for the weekend that we wanted to 'treat' them this weekend and we would do all of the cooking. (This was so I could control the ingredients and portion sized served to me!) She was so appreciative (on the phone) and thought we were so sweet. I assured her that she didn't have to do a thing! We would handle it so she could sit and enjoy our time together instead of being in the kitchen.

So, with plan in hand, we packed the food to take there, loaded the car, and we drove to their home.

Do you think that worked?


When we arrived, she started talking about all the food she just bought and how she couldn't wait for us to try some new recipe! I explained to her that we could do that next time and that I brought all of the food to cook for the weekend. Deaf ears... yup... deaf. So, I am going to make the best of it, try to jump into the kitchen when I can and offer to help.

The thought is sweet, so I can't be too upset...

Any ideas on how to cope with future visits?
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    That's tough - but I think that you just have to plan for it. You had the best of intentions by saying you were going to do the cooking, but she wants to do it for you. I would say that you'll just have to make sure you're eating small portions of whatever she's cooking for you. I would also find ways to get a little bit of fitness in as well - walks, body weight exercises - just little things. Good luck and remember to enjoy the weekend.
    1656 days ago
    Wow that is a tough one. I usually handle visits with friends/family by eating small amount of special high calorie treats, and larger amounts of whatever healthy food is available. I also usually bring fresh fruit and some healthy snacks so I have SOMETHING to eat if nothing is healthy. She clearly wants to cherish and cook for her guests.

    I have been in the opposite situation also, where I bought food for guests that was special to meet their needs (wheat-free vegetarian friend; Atkins diet relative) and they brought all their own food without telling me first. I wouldn't have purchased the food if I had known!
    1656 days ago
    Like a Jewish mother wasn't going to feed you! You had it right at Eat, eat, oy vey!

    I have found that the best way to handle these events is to admit they are going to happen, plan for them, cut back on the calories for five days before the event and five days aferward. On average it will work out ond mother-in-law won't be too pissed at you.

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    1656 days ago
    just plan ahead for it so you are ready would be my guess
    1656 days ago
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