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Balanced dinner party? Accomplished

Saturday, July 14, 2012

So back in what I think of as my "old life" of gorging on salty, fatty, cheesy foods, and lounging lazily, I used to throw overindulgent dinner parties regularly for my friends. I would could pounds of steak seared in oil, buttery potatoes filled with cheese, huge desserts, milkshakes, garlic bread etc. My friends loved it, and we would sit down and just eat for 4 or 5 hours. I still have relationships with these people, but my lifestyle is very different now, and to be honest, describing the old dinner parties actually made me cringe a little bit. Last night was a new kind of dinner party.

I had three goals for this dinner party:

1) Only cook food that nutritionally would fit into my every day eating habits
2) Have an activity before an after dinner to keep the focus on entertaining and spending time with my friends, rather than eating.
3) Eat reasonable portion sizes, and track my consumption

I would have to say, mission accomplished. When my friends arrived we talked for a while about various things, and after around 45 minutes, the food had finished cooking. I put some extra effort into the chicken, (which came out DEE-LICIOUS and healthy, recipe in my SparkRecipes under Dinnah Party Injected Chicken), but nutritionally it was nearly identical to the chicken breast I eat every day. Additionally, I made frozen mixed vegetables with a balsamic reduction which had a nice flavor, and finally white rice with cayenne and garlic. After dinner, we played cards against humanity, watched true blood and ate oreo cake, which I ate a single serving of, and tracked.

The night was a lot more fun for me, because there was so much more social interaction and I love playing games. The food was received just as well as the cheese and salt bloated heart attacks I used to serve, and this morning I feel great, rather than the bloated pukey mess I used to feel after dinner parties. Last night gave me a lot of confidence that I CAN really live a very healthy lifestyle, even when hosting and entertaining my friends. I have always liked throwing dinner parties, and entertaining people, and I have been worried that committing to a healthy lifestyle might mean I have to give that up. I am glad to find that this is not the case :)

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    Same thing happened to me, and I was amazed at how many other people didn't see the fat laden dinners as wonderful the way I did. I ended up with a lot more happy guests with healthy food. It's a new world for everyone!
    2107 days ago
    I'm sorry I missed this dinner party! I can't tell you how many dinner parties I had in the condo that were just crazy food orgies basically. I would make the tastiest (read: most caloric) food that I could and then me and my friends would go nuts eating for hours. And while I enjoyed it at the time, it did make me feel physically sick usually.

    You are doing so awesome with your healthy choices! You really inspire me to stick with my plan. I love you!!!

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    2107 days ago
    I love this! What a wonderful transformation of the dinner party! emoticon
    2107 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    The big bonus here is that your friends ate healthy too!! You like games? How about a contest to see who can make the most/best/tastiest meal by being healthy too? Pick a scoreboard, no catering or chefs allowed of course..
    Themes? Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Home Cookin'...
    You sound so pumped, I am glad it worked out with guests!! Maybe you will snag a new member for Sparks???
    Hope you made enough for leftovers for today!!!
    2107 days ago
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