31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 5
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Today's Tip: Try Healthier Recipes
Spark says that it might be helpful to counteract the extra goodies that are around by having some healthy alternatives to snack on, and that when those goodies are in your house, you tend to eat more of them than anyone else who might be there.
I think Spark is right about the goodies. This Thanksgiving, I made a concerted effort to cut down on the number of desserts we had..because honestly, 10 people don't need a trifle, 4 pies and cookies..So I had it down to some pillsbury Thanksgiving sugar cookies, a blueberry bread, and two pies. When a good friend made me a pumpkin pie because I had said I didn't have time to make one, I said to my sister, who was going to buy pies from a local farmstand for my mom to bring, we have a pumpkin pie, just get one more..but did she?? Of course not.. So she came with 2 more pies, giving us 3, plus the blueberry bread (brought and then frozen on the day of Tony's birthday party by a well meaning guest, but honestly, I have half a sheet cake and ice cream on the day of the party, why do I need 2 breads and two more cakes?? How much do I have to beg people to NOT bring food to my house, because NO ONE is willing to take it home and I don't want it in my house???) I know it sounds like I'm complaining about the generosity of people, but honestly, I'm not, I truly appreciate it, but I just want them to listen when I ask them to not bring sh!t into my house that won't (and I"m not wrong about this, no one does!) be eaten, and that no one wants to take home, either.. A big pet peeve..
Anyway....I digress. Healthy alternatives.. A great idea. And with that in mind, as I sit and plan my menu for this week, I am looking through my spark recipes, finding healthy twists for the stuff I am planning to make.. Also, I buy lots of 100 calorie snacks. I know it' s not the most economical, but especially at this time of year, I find that being able to pull out a bag of chocolate covered pretzels or a yummy soft gingerbread cookie is the key to not grabbing the bag of regular mini gingerbread cookies that my son likes, or the box of cheese its, or making a bag of lite microwave popcorn is better than those lays chips.. I also have lots of petite carrots in the fridge, with hummus to dip it in. And I go to the local mediterranean bakery for the yummiest of hummus, and some tabouli, too.
I do have to make concessions to my time constraints by buying stuff that in a perfect world I'd make myself, but I think that's part of this conundrum of a world we live in. There's lots out there about making it yourself, controlling the ingredients, etc. But that is often strained by the reality that WE DON'T HAVE TIME!! So instead of stressing over it, and trying to do even more than we already do because we feel guilty about not doing it, I think it's very, very important to realize our limitations and make the best choices we can within those limitations.. I'm done apologizing because I don't have time..apologizing to myself, to the DIY'ers out there who look down their noses at people like me who don't have time, to society itself.. This journey of ours is about doing the best we can with what we have..not about conforming to some pre-determined path..because each of us is different and the pressures and obligations on each of us are different.. So I think it boils down to doing the best we can with what we have and within our "means," not necessarily financial means, though that certainly comes into play, but with whatever the applicable currency we have is available, and I would submit that sometimes, "time" is even a more precious currency than actual currency..
Wow, those are some pretty long sentences within some awfully long paragraphs..apologies to every writing teacher I ever had... And that's my only apology today..