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Hospitality Food - Tales from 100# Down


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Thursday, November 07, 2013

In society hospitality is often shown with a gift of food. We take a casserole to a grieving family, new neighbor or shut-in. We bake cookies or cupcakes for a social group or club. We invite friends over for cards or games and have a spread of tasty snacks. We bake cakes, pies, cookies, candy and such as holiday gifts and we throw showers, retirement parties, going away parties, graduation parties and the like with food and more food.

We are entering the biggest hospitality food event of all - Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa. FOOD is central to all of these. FOOD will happen. You can EXPECT temptation.

How do you navigate this rugged obstacle course? It takes great planning and attention to detail.

1) Identify the food events BEFORE they happen. If you are a provider of food for the even plan a healthy dish. If you are just a guest have a plan for using portion control and portion selection. This means choosing the healthier options offered and keeping the amount to a REASONABLE size.

2) Plan EXTRA cardio around the days of "food events".

3) Drink WATER before food events and DURING.

4) EAT SLOWLY - Chew your food carefully. Set your fork down between bites. Join in the conversation to slow the pace of eating.

5) Be the first one to help with table clean-up. This gives your brain a "stop" signal.

6) PLAY more than EAT. If it's a stand-up buffet visit more and eat less. Nobody will know if you have eaten already or not.

7) EAT before you go if you can discipline yourself that your "eating" is done and stick to a few carrots sticks and a low/no calorie beverage. IF you can't avoid eating then only drink water before you go.

8) IF you stumble get back up and finish the day well by doing some cardio, packing your lunch, planning a healthy meal for the next day or even pushing extra water.

9) Avoid taking others calorie-laden food gifts if they are overweight. Take fruit or a creative veggie tray instead. Pinterest is just FULL of cute ideas for arranging fruit and vegetables into turkeys, trees, etc.

10) Step on the scale. Avoiding the scale through the holidays is like closing your eyes to the charging bull. It doesn't make it go away. Stay accountable to yourself.

You too can survive the holidays with a little planning and effort.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/9/2013 10:03PM

    Thanks for all the ideas. I join in but I am able to controlhow much I eat. I take rally small portions when going through a line as well.

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RENATA144 11/29/2013 11:42PM

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POUNDSAWAY73 11/20/2013 9:48PM

  emoticon Thanks for the suggestions! I am working on discipline and I am using a food diary. I don't like to, but it seems to be helping. emoticon Pat

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MARYJEANSL 11/20/2013 8:14PM

  Good suggestions, thank you!

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JCRAFT6 11/20/2013 10:05AM

    Thanks for your blog. You always have great ideas.

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JERICHO1991 11/16/2013 6:37AM

    Good ideas. Thank you.

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BBERG0521 11/13/2013 10:41AM

    Great blog post! Such helpful tips!! Thank you!

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LISA_FRAME 11/12/2013 5:20PM

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GEORGE815 11/11/2013 8:08PM

    Great advice!

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JOANNHUNT 11/11/2013 6:47PM

    AWESOME STAYING ON TRACK OVER THE HOLIDAY TIPS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THEM. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/11/2013 12:51PM

    What wonderful ideas and what timely reminders! I, too, have been thinking about ways to plan my strategies so that they will be firmly ensconced in my mind before I step into the path or temptation--or before the path of temptation presents itself suddenly in my face!
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DEEGIRL50 11/11/2013 2:38AM

    Thank you for the great tips! Wise advice.
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MSGRANNYMAE 11/10/2013 10:25PM

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SUNSHINE65 11/10/2013 9:32PM

    Such a great blog! Always need reminders at this time of year. Luckily we no longer have family celebrations, so our meals are simple...turkey and veggies! Diabetes Of HB has simplified our eating patterns.

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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/10/2013 1:13PM

    I don't get along too well w/the in-laws, so I am thinking of just having Thanksgiving and Christmas at home. Then I get to plan the whole menu,lol!

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THOMS1 11/10/2013 10:59AM

    These are some great tips for the holidays or just everyday. I am going to copy and paste them and email them to myself. emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 11/10/2013 10:19AM

    I need to stop and smell the roses, not the smells of delicious food.
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Thanks for the blog.

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 11/10/2013 9:59AM

    Thanks for the tips!

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JUDYAMK 11/10/2013 9:45AM

    Thank you for the reminder we know these thing to do,but so often we close our eyes to them.It is very easy to say "oh it is just one holiday a year, or special event or family gathering, it will not matter " then we step on the scale & see the extra 5 plus pounds & start bashing our selves, as if we did not know why we have a gain.I am printing your blog out & it will go o my refrigerator as a reminder. this Fall I took my mother to a one room school reunion oh how these folks could cook the dishes they made mmm!! I controlled my temptation by taking one tablespoon of everything & I only had one small piece of meat. In the past I would have heaped my plate full plus go back for more. I was pleased with my self as I drove home,not having that bloated turkey day feeling. So thank you for a great blog & have a lovely week !
Judy

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THEIS58 11/10/2013 8:17AM

    Excellent list

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SUZIPAM1 11/10/2013 6:57AM

    very good advice and one i will use as a challenge for me

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LOUBUG1012 11/10/2013 3:23AM

    Great advice! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 11/9/2013 10:56PM

    Good tips

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MLEHTO 11/9/2013 9:21PM

    Great advice and tips!

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RENATA144 11/9/2013 7:26PM

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JENRAQTAY87 11/9/2013 6:44PM

    All of these are great suggestions! Thank you! emoticon

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BECCA315 11/9/2013 3:20PM

    Great reminders!

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WEDDWT 11/9/2013 12:42PM

    Stay accountable to self -YES. We can be our best advocates, especially when we hear that phrase "Oh, go on, just take one", said with a facial expression like you are the party pooper and you're going to hurt their feelings if you don't partake. We can't choose to be people pleasers and choose to advocate for our self at the same time. Here's to making good health a priority as we enter the season of excess.

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JACKIE542 11/9/2013 12:19PM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/9/2013 12:08PM

    great tips! I never thought of the one about weighing ourselves often. That one would especially help me.

Thanks for a great blog!

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ROXYCARIN 11/9/2013 11:53AM

  Press on!

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JENJENN7 11/9/2013 11:01AM

    Good suggestions! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 11/9/2013 10:25AM

    Great advice. Thank you

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KANOE10 11/9/2013 8:49AM

    Good suggestions for the holidays.

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FIRECOM 11/9/2013 8:35AM

    Excellent!! it is amazing how common sense makes so much "sense" when written down like this.

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A-STRONGER-ME 11/9/2013 6:20AM

    emoticon blog and love your wallpaper!!

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TIRED49 11/9/2013 12:50AM

    Great post with good advice. I love your page background too!

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SCRAPBECCA 11/8/2013 11:28PM

    emoticon If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

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CICELY360 11/8/2013 9:24PM

  Nice post

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SUPERDAD55 11/8/2013 8:39PM

    Well said! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/8/2013 8:29PM

  you have some real good ideas. They should add it to one of the Spark articles on holiday situations.

Because we do want to eat some of these special foods. Usually I only eat Thansgiving meal and maybe a sandwich later.

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GOOSIEMOON 11/8/2013 8:08PM

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JSEATTLE 11/8/2013 6:26PM

  You have some really great tips here and remind me to be more mindful!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/8/2013 2:47PM

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ROCKYCPA 11/8/2013 2:27PM

    Thanks for sharing your tips!

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MRSRIGS1 11/8/2013 2:18PM

    I need posts/blogs like this one! Thank you! It helps to have these little reminders so that when the day arrives, we'll have set a plan in motion. So....I, thank you for reminding me to open my eyes to the charging bull! emoticon

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NONNAOF2 11/8/2013 12:59PM

  What good thoughts in anticipation of the holiday ahead! Thank you!! :-)

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LCRUMLEY81 11/8/2013 12:59PM

  great post

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