Handling the Holidays
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Last night was the first night of Passover! Usually, I handle the holidays by tuning out mentally, not tracking, not getting my water, and eating as much as I can of the worst possible choices.
Yesterday, I admittedly made some poor choices at lunch. I thought, what the heck, Passover's almost here and I'll be abstaining from all grains and legumes for a week, might as well have some fun. Not the best attitude.
But dinner was not as bad as it could be. Sure, I had seconds of lamb. And a few glasses of wine. But I also got to laugh and enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Our seder was a big hit. I ultimately had about 2500 calories yesterday. Not great. But I tracked it all. And I stayed conscious and fully present for the meal. It's not like I blacked out and awoke in a pile of lamb bones.
I got all of my water yesterday, too. And I stopped eating when I was full (ok, quite full, but still!). These are definite improvements over how I've handled holiday meals in the past!
Today, I had green juice for breakfast just to detox. My lunch box is full of good fruits and veggies. I have one more seder tonight, at a friend's house. My goal is to stay in range, we'll see how that goes. I know I can do better than I did yesterday.
And then no more seders for a full year! Back to my daily routines. I think, all things told, the damage will be minimal.
Wish me luck!