Oh, The Food at Family Reunions!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What a wonderful day yesterday was! My 4 siblings and I were all together with my 87-year old mother and multiple nieces and nephews...and my mother's newest great grandson, Owen! (mine couldn't be there ;(

Now, my 87-year old mother, who weighs in at her same age...still loves a party (we were at a wedding Friday night and she danced her feet off :)... anyway, she loves a party...and loves to cook for one!

I had resolved to stay within my limits... but out came the chips and dips...and into my mouth they went. Out came the fresh fruit, cheese, pepperoni and crackers and into my mouth they went... then out came the buffet... ambrosia, cole slaw, lasagna, homemade mac & cheese (grandchildren fav), baked beans (with meat and bacon), kielbasa, sausage & peppers, great breads, and on and on and on...

I had totally resolved to eat within my limits... but just a tablespoon of each dish and my dish looked like a mountain (well, maybe a hill, b/c I was being good!) I was almost happy my mother didn't have a computer b/c I was afraid I would blow up the food tracker if I tried to enter everything I ate :)

Anyway, we were all sitting outside b/c it was a gorgeous summer Connecticut day...and all of us were relishing the deliciousness of every dish...and that's when it hit me... we were celebrating my mother through her cooking! Her grandchildren raving about her mac & cheese, me saying I won't eat anyone's coleslaw except hers, my brother-in-law from SC walking in the door saying he could smell the kolbas. After we ate, everyone was groaning about how full they were...but they were contented groans! We were keeping tradition (family get-togethers) and forging memories!

Of course, the grandkids wanted the desserts...so we had to clean up to make way for the those... Into the kitchen... dishes, washing, drying, laughing, sharing, reminiscing, forging more memories...

I had to leave (5 hour drive home) and chose to do so before I caved into the desserts - which were really insane...mainly b/c my sister is known for her cheesecakes, and another brother-in-law works for an incredible bakery!

As I was driving home, I realized not all my over eating is due to negative emotional eating...sometimes it's happy emotional eating. I was with my family - it was such a joyful, joyfilled day... and my mother, at 87 years old, was in her glory! She had all of her children, most of her grandchildren, her great grandson, and many of her friends around her...

I realized in the big scheme of things, how very fortunate and blessed I am...another memory forged - all b/c of the food at family reunions!
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  • CAG931
    Great story and not caving in! I think a lot of people have most of there memories with there families with food weather it be home cooked or out of a box. My Mom always tried and that is how I will cook for my children someday I think sometimes we look at it as if you win a person over through there stomach or that is how you show them they are loved. We are all learning.
    2832 days ago
  • LEXXA26
    Sounds brilliant, I love family reunions!! That is one thing that worries me about diets and weight loss resources (although obviously spark is way more positive than most!) - people start to treat food as the enemy, and you lose the enjoyment you can get out of it, exactly like what you were saying. I think there's definitely a lot to be said for finding the balance between food for fuel and food for pleasure. Glad you had such a great day!!
    2833 days ago
    Don't worry about a day of bad choices, just look ahead. You gained something much more important in your life experience here...well worth any extra calories. emoticon
    2833 days ago
    I don't think one joyful day is going going to blow the eating plan - one day the weight will be gone, but the happy memories won't
    2833 days ago
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