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Controlling What I Eat When At A Family Dinner

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hubby and I made a trip to the grocery store this evening to get dog biscuits, a newspaper and several bags of romaine lettuce. Eating to heal has made me crave romaine lettuce and I couldn't stand to go another day without a salad. (I finished the last batch yesterday.) We were discussing the upcoming Easter family dinner which will be held tomorrow afternoon at my BIL's house. I suggested that we bring a veggie tray because my sister eats very little meat and hubby agreed. We have no idea what his brother will have as a main course so we decided to lend the menu a hand. (BIL is always grateful for food additions.)

Normally, I would buy the veggies and cut them up myself but this temporary one armed thing has me resorting to purchasing a ready made tray. The good thing about the holiday is that people were buying the trays as fast as the store could make them, so they were fresh. So, I reached for a tray and placed it in our basket. A lady standing close by saw me put the tray into the basket and asked us if that was one that we had ordered. We showed her where we had gotten it and she noticed that the pre-made trays were cheaper than the one she had ordered, by several dollars. She was bummed! Hubby was excited because he noticed that there were also fruit and cheese trays. Of course we added one of those to our basket too. Hubby was quite pleased with himself because the fruit and cheese trays were on sale too. (He was so cute - he made me laugh!) Then we passed the celery and it was buy one get one free so, of course, 2 of those went into our basket. Hubby wasn't too clear as to why we had to have celery until I mentioned stuffed celery and then he became enthusiastic. (celery stuffed with low fat cream cheese) He loves stuffed celery and could eat the stuffed celery as his main course!

One really major thing that I have learned during the time I've been on Spark People is, if you aren't sure what will be on the menu for dinner, bring something healthy as your contribution to the meal. You will guarantee that there will be at least one item that will be on your eating plan. Most family members are delighted to have another member share the burden of the cost of the food by sharing a dish. My guess is that my BIL will get take out food of some sort or perhaps a ham. Hubby loves ham so that won't be an issue for him. However, neither my sister or I can eat ham, so it would be an issue for us. Both my sister and I will be happy as clams if we have a dinner completely made up of fruits, veggies and a little bit of cheese! This make controlling what I eat when attending the family dinner a breeze!
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    Excellent plan. I sort of did the same today. I offered to make the salad and made sure there were lots of tomatoes, cukes, etc in it to bulk it up some. After a huge helping of that the small portion of lasagna was plenty.
    1851 days ago
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    1852 days ago
    Great blog! Very good way to handle the family dinner.

    Kathy and several people at the Y asked about you today. I told them I knew you had taken at least one walk and that we had visited since the surgery. Wehad fun with Gwen and natalie at the Y's Easter egg hunt.
    1852 days ago
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