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7/18/10 8:15 A

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I'm heading to Yearly Meeting today and I'll be there for 3 days -- talk about an extended Meeting for Eating! All I know about the food is there is unlimited ice cream and a vegetarian option. It is still challenging to me to face quantities of food and not eat too much, particularly since my food schedule will be out of my normal sequence. I've become accustomed to mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and limit breakfast and lunch to accommodate those. I'm taking some protein bars and a water bottle and hopefully will get in some exercise while I'm there. Wish me strength in the cafeteria line!

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6/3/10 1:12 A

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I also just bring what I like to eat. We have lots of special diets, and lately there hasn't been much meat. There is always hummus and a veggies plate, and many times no desserts. The larger meetings are a challenge. I try to gab and get in the back of the line.

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5/23/10 5:38 P

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Hi Becky,
Thanks for bringing up the Quaker food-sharing as a subject of Spark attention. I haven't been very conscious about this as a challenge - just sort of nosh about in a vaguely healthy way - and it would help if I did.

My best strategy for potlucks - Quaker & non - is what you're doing: bring something I can eat. Often I bring a really big green salad w lots of yummies in it (fruits, nuts, goat cheese, etc.), so that I can fill up my plate and feel plentifully fed even while taking careful dabs of the entrees.

An easy snack item to bring that I love for the socializing after meeting is baby carrots with Zurgut red pepper dip. It's Hungarian, not expensive, low calorie - they might have it in import stores.

But I also find that Quakers are pretty healthy cooks!

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5/21/10 10:33 A

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This weekend is Spring Gathering for my Regional Meeting. We take over a camp and have a weekend of spiritual renewal and combine it with a marathon meeting for business on Sunday. And it's a marathon Meeting for Eating.

I registered as a vegetarian, but have remembered that the cook thinks vegetarians like lots of dairy -- cheese in particular -- and eggs. I should have registered as a vegan as I generally avoid big portions of cheese and eggs. Two years ago, I was vegan (mostly because my gall bladder couldn't handle any dairy fat and eggs made me throw up) and I remember the vegan "lasagna" was also the gluten-free meal -- no pasta. So it was sauce and zucchini. I'd rather skip that.

They are encouraging people to bring homemade snacks (for grazing during the weekend). I'm thinking about whether making something I can eat is worth the work. I think I'm better off not going near the food area between meals.

I will remember portion control. I will not stuff my face with sweets. I'll take a water bottle and keep it full and with me. And I'll take my own snacks, that I know and love.

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3/29/10 8:51 A

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We had Meeting for Eating yesterday -- also known as the meeting's quarterly potluck. I did pretty well -- I brought a soup that was chickpeas, brown rice and tomatoes and there were other soups, so I concentrated on those, carefully skipping the cheese and the pastries. My policy of only visiting the line once really worked well as well. It helped that there was no chocolate at all. . . .

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1/16/10 6:12 A

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Today is Regional (formerly known as Quarterly) Meeting day. I'll be sitting in meetings all day and there will be a substantial spread a lunch. My plan is to make only one pass at the food line and to pick a simple soup (hopefully lentil or bean), one piece of bread and some veggies or fruit. And to skip the sweets -- although I could probably have one cookie. And when I get roped into an extra meeting between lunch and the afternoon business session, I will suggest that we have our conversation outside while walking up and down the block. The latter may not appeal as it is January in Rochester NY, but I'll try it anyway. And I'll see if I can encourage Friends to stand up for a few minutes and move around a bit sometime in the morning meeting at least.

The biggest challenge may be the trip home -- the meeting will probably be over around 4:30 and then there is a 2 hour drive home. I will take a snack for that part and eat properly once I get home.

-- BeeKay

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12/13/09 8:40 A

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Today is Meeting for Business after Meeting for Worship. So in between, there is Meeting for Eating -- and the food is often left sitting out during business meeting. So, my plan is to take food that I can eat lots of -- it will be bean soup -- and to move the rest of the food away from where I can easily reach it. I find the combination of sitting for hours and accessible food to be a problem for managing my eating. I need to eat enough to not be cranky, but not so much that I overeat my daily calories with sweets. And really, I need to try to not be cranky because I'm missing my afternoon exercise opportunities while sitting in meeting for business. My weight has gone up a couple of pounds and I don't like that trend, so I'm looking for opportunities to be careful -- this is one of them.

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9/13/09 9:41 A

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Hi Friends,

Those of us who are active in Friends communities know that Meeting for Eating is a big part of what we do. Let's share some strategies for getting through those events without blowing our eating plans. Whether we call it a pot-luck, a dish-to-pass, or food-to-share, it's a part of how we build our communities.

I'm a vegetarian, so I immediately rule out any foods with meat. My meeting, however, generally brings only vegetarian foods now, so that strategy is not hugely helpful.

I always bring something that I can eat freely. Today, I'm taking a black bean/tomato/vegetable soup. But there will be good bread and desserts as well.

I've tried the "taste everything, but not too much" technique and the "one pass at the line" method and neither one works great for me.

Any other ideas?

-- BeeKay

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