Food at end of year: I didn't make any major/lengthy trips at Thanksgiving so I was able to eat turkey and veggies and just one taste of the best looking of the pies. Fine by me. I also can bring a dish, it is a partial potluck occasion.
The Solstice/Christmas end of year was a different story. (Personally, I celebrate BOTH of these holidays... The former, religiously; the latter, as a family connection spiritual thing.) I was at my brother's (involving a plane flight) from the 19th to the 26th. He wanted to do all the cooking (when we didn't dine out at special occasions), and yes, he is a good cook and takes the time to prep well. But not all of it dovetailed with my low carb food lifestyle. I did decline most of the desserts (but had a planned eating around an excellent tiramisu), and when we dined out I chose seafood, and things without batter or deep-frying.
Problems did arise diet-wise before I left home. We had two or three lunches outside of work, to celebrate holidays. Not at places that gave sufficient options. I picked what I could from the menus, and it worked out okay -- maybe another pound gained.
And perhaps -- indeed strongly perhaps -- the fact that I spent most of the first three weeks of November down helping out my father who is elderly, beginning dementia, and who had fallen -- try to cope with stuff he has no plans on coping with. He wants his car back; he wants to live independently; he is simply still coherent enough often enough to want to live his own life as he chooses, despite the fact he burnt and melted his percolating coffee maker (that he's had for at least two decades) by putting it on a cooking range element, and trying to heat it up that way.
Ah, the plane stuff!
The plane was fine this year, for the holidays. It was not fine last July when I flew off for my brother's surprise 50th birthday party. My plane got cancelled, and I had to hang out for 6 or so hours for the next flight, which meant eating airport food... bleah.
I did have to eat crud, but it was only one meal of crud.
If you want to bring food through security for eating... I suggest the following:
Hard boiled eggs
Skip the hummus, and anything like chicken or potato salad. You can buy bottled water on the other side of security. Normally I prefer to avoid bottled water (the environmental footprint), but here it becomes handy.
Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.
Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)
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