The Holiday Fakeout

Thursday, September 29, 2011

So last night was the first night of the Jewish New Year. My husband and his family are Jewish so I get double the holidays! This is awesome (because who doesn't love holidays) and dangerous (because of the holiday meals). I decided to take a new approach yesterday, and I'm calling it the Holiday Fakeout. Why do I call it that? Well, holiday dinners are fancy sit down dinners with separate dinner plates, soup bowls, salad plates, bread plates, etc. Plates and plates for us to pile tons of food on. Well that's just too much food! So it was time to fake myself out.

Soooo...first, we arrived late just in time to say no to soup (ok that wasn't planned, it just sort of happened due to my baking a pie after work). Then I was lucky enough to have a seat at the opposite end of the delicious challah bread (also by chance, but much appreciated). I then went on to collect the pile of plates (I ended up with no soup bowl, two salad plates and two bread plates....I blame the toddler at the end of the table). So when salad was served, I served myself on my dinner plate. This allowed for tons of vegetation and minimal unhealthy food. I then decided what was really worth it. So I grabbed a chicken drumstick, a normal portion of delicious brisket (no flanken, but I'm definitely not complaining) and shared a small piece of potato kugel with my husband.

Now I was left looking for more veggies to fill up the last section of my plate. This is where my mother-in-law swooped in to save the day and pointed out that they had green beans without almonds on the adult table (now don't judge, the kids table ranges from 1 1/2 to 33 years in age). I'm allergic to tree nuts so even though I looked longingly at the almond covered green beans, they weren't an option. I was glad that the wonderful woman once again thought of me.

It was great! I even tried asparagus and I didn't die (picky eater here). I did serve myself a tiny bit more brisket and a tiny piece of potato kugel, but I am surprised at the amount of food I ate. Seriously, last year my plate would have been all brisket, chicken, potato kugel and bow tie pasta (I wouldn't even have opted for the almond free green beans).

Dessert...wasn't even that hard! I felt satisfied from dinner, so when my husband suggested we share a small piece of my plum pie I jumped at the chance of my limited dessert. I got exactly what I wanted (I really love plum pie), but in a guilt free piece. So proud! All in all, I hit my goal for yesterday. Now on to second night, hopefully I can keep it up and do as well as I did last night.

Yesterday's goal: A big fat check!

Today's goal: Keep the moment going from last night. Also, fit in a workout at some point in my day.

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