Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I have found, over the last couple of months of Sparking, that I'm pretty good at following my eating plan when I have time to pre-plan meals, do a complete shopping, and be home to cook. (That's an accomplishment, all in itself, for rather disorganized me!) But I have also noticed a real issue: how to handle eating properly in a social situation.
Over and over in the past weeks I've run into situations where a friend has invited me over for coffee (which I love), and has made cookies or muffins to go with it ("because I knew you were coming!"). Or a friend or family member is having a birthday or graduation or a cookout, and there is party food, and especially desserts! Or I come home from work tired, and my dear husband says, "Oh, I don't want you to have to cook tonight. Let's just order pizza!" And I find myself giving in to the temptations. To be "polite", "because it's a special occasion", or simply because "I'm too tired to think about healthy eating".
I see that I have a real need to have a plan in place for dealing for these unexpected and unhelpful events! Ways to have a plan in place so that when I arrive home from work too tired to cook, there are already healthy and easily grab-able things to eat. Ways to say to that dear friend or family member, "Thank you so much for thinking of me!", without eating the cookies or muffins, the cake and ice cream, or the barbecue and all the trimmings, too!
I think that just being more aware that I have the CHOICE to say, "No, thank you" can be a real help. And I am finding that the SparkRecipes are a valuable resource for meal and snack planning. Now I just need to work on getting the shopping done regularly, so there are always good choices available to grab when I'm coming in or running out the door . . . .